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The role of interpretive evaluation in engineering information systems requirements

Galal, GH; McDonnell, JT; Paul, RJ; (2000) The role of interpretive evaluation in engineering information systems requirements. In: Chung, M, (ed.) AMCIS 2000 Proceedings. (pp. 1102 - 1108). Association for Information Systems: Atlanta, US.

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Abstract

The requirements for complex systems inevitably change continuously. Any successful software or information systems engineering approach needs to observe this simple fact. This paper argues for the critical importance of formative evaluation activities in any non-sequential, or learning-based RE process. We argue that evaluation with its focus on understanding and interpreting the evaluation results, is distinct from measurement. We also outline how evaluation activities can be performed from an interpretivist perspective, in a way that systematically informs formative evaluation activities during gradual, experimental requirements engineering activities.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:The role of interpretive evaluation in engineering information systems requirements
Publisher version:http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2000/420/
Additional information:Paper 420 on CD-ROM. Sixth Americas Conference on Information Systems was held between August 10-13, 2000 at Long Beach, California, US.
Keywords:Requirements engineering, non-sequential process models, interpretive evaluation, qualitative data in requirements engineering, qualitative research methods in requirements engineering
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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