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Facilitating the Mini-Quality Attributes Workshop

  • May 2014
  • By Will Chaparro (IBM), Michael Keeling (Vivisimo)
  • Presentation at SATURN 2014. Presenters describe the mini-QAW, provide concrete examples, and share advice for facilitating workshops based on our experiences conducting mini-QAWs.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.
  • Abstract

    What if you could reduce cost for a Quality Attributes Workshop (QAW) without sacrificing results? For software-development teams that need an effective yet inexpensive method for eliciting quality requirements with stakeholders, the mini-QAW is a lean workshop that quickly and cost-effectively helps teams identify and prioritize quality attribute scenarios. Unlike the traditional QAW, the mini-QAW substitutes time-consuming, ceremonial activities with equally effective group activities that better promote collaboration and understanding as quickly and cheaply as possible. The mini-QAW achieves this through a quality attributes taxonomy, a clearly defined subset of quality attributes tuned to the presumptive concerns of your stakeholders. The mini-QAW leverages this taxonomy in three primary ways:

    1. Quality attributes defined in the taxonomy form the basis for a structured brainstorming activity called the System Properties Web.
    2. The taxonomy enables an informative visualization that allows stakeholders to see the “quality signature” of their system.
    3. A taxonomy-based questionnaire (TBQ) allows facilitators to reliably and predictably elicit good quality attribute concerns from stakeholders.

    In this presentation, we describe the mini-QAW, provide concrete examples, and share advice for facilitating workshops based on our experiences conducting mini-QAWs. Attendees will gain the knowledge necessary to facilitate a mini-QAW, tailor a quality attributes taxonomy, and create a TBQ to fit their specific needs.

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