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A Systemic Approach for Evaluating Stakeholder Collaboration within Requirement Collection

Al Ghannam, Bareeq A. (2008) A Systemic Approach for Evaluating Stakeholder Collaboration within Requirement Collection. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)


The involvement of Stakeholders in requirement collection of software projects is
essential, and that is evident in the diverse methodologies available that emphasise
stakeholder collaboration. However these processes scarcely provide further
understanding of the social interaction, and its effect into forming collaboration had not
been sufficiently addressed by software development research.
It is challenging to identify dominating factors that affect collaboration due to the
complexity of stakeholder interaction. This thesis addresses such a challenge. It
discusses a systems approach to the evaluation of stakeholder collaboration within
requirement collection of software projects. A generic approach has been developed to
contribute to our understanding of the problem and support stakeholders’ collaborative
Based on understanding the nature of collaboration between stakeholders in requirement
collection, and the concept of perception and its contribution into forming collaboration,
the EStaC (Evaluation of Stakeholder Collaboration) approach is developed. EStaC is
presented here to describe an integration of multi-methodologies that supports capturing
stakeholders' perspectives, and therefore systemically it captures the essence of
collaboration within its context.
EStaC contributes to the crucial phase of requirement collection with the ultimate objective
of extending it to include means of improvement of stakeholder collaboration. It promotes
the development of two modes of analysis, the design and diagnosis, which both involves
using the principles of the Viable System Model.
The novelty of this work is specifically considered with the development of the EStaC
approach because unlike other approaches, it focuses on the social act of interaction from
a stakeholders viewpoint, by applying systemic strategies and cybernetic driven principles
with concepts of fourth generation evaluation.
The research recognises evaluation of stakeholder collaboration as an important aspect in
the requirement collection process in any software development. It concludes and
supports the incorporation of such activities throughout various phases of requirement

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Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2013 15:19
Last Modified: 20 May 2019 13:18


Author: Bareeq A. Al Ghannam

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