Title: A value-based approach to prioritise non-functional requirements during software project development

Authors: Rahul Thakurta

Addresses: Information Systems, Xavier Institute of Management, Xavier Square, Bhubaneswar, 751 013, India

Abstract: Non-functional requirements determine the characteristics of a software product or service as a whole. The research described in this paper presents an empirical framework involving respondents of both the project and the business organisation, in order to select and prioritise a list of non-functional requirements for implementation during software project development. The assessment process takes into consideration the extent of relative value addition while making trade-off in selection of non-functional requirements for inclusion in the project's requirement set. The final results are expected to be beneficial to both the business and the project organisation by identifying and implementing the desired non-functional requirements that contributes to business value in a cost effective manner.

Keywords: non-functional requirements; NFR; business value; software projects; software development; value addition; value-added; trade-offs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2013.053213

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2013 Vol.12 No.4, pp.363 - 382

Published online: 10 May 2013 *

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