Exhaustive and Efficient Identification of Rationales Using GQM+Strategies with Stakeholder Relationship Analysis

Takanobu KOBORI  Hironori WASHIZAKI  Yoshiaki FUKAZAWA  Daisuke HIRABAYASHI  Katsutoshi SHINTANI  Yasuko OKAZAKI  Yasuhiro KIKUSHIMA  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E99-D   No.9   pp.2219-2228
Publication Date: 2016/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2015KBP0009
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Knowledge-Based Software Engineering)
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Keyword: 
stakeholder,  actor,  GQM+Strategies,  context,  assumption,  

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Summary: 
To achieve overall business goals, GQM+Strategies is one approach that aligns business goals at each level of an organization to strategies and assesses the achievement of goals. Strategies are based on rationales (contexts and assumptions). Because extracting all rationales is an important process in the GQM+Strategies approach, we propose the Context-Assumption-Matrix (CAM), which refines the GQM+Strategies model by extracting rationales based on analyzing the relationships between stakeholders, and the process of using GQM+Strategies with CAM effectively. To demonstrate the effectiveness of the CAM and the defined process, we conducted three experiments involving students majoring in information sciences at two different Japanese universities. Moreover, we applied the GQM+Strategies approach with CAM to the Recruit Sumai Company in Japan. The results reveal that compared to GQM+Strategies alone, GQM+Strategies with CAM can extract rationales of the same quality more efficiently and exhaustively.