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Evaluating a model of software managers' information needs - an experiment

: Jedlitschka, Andreas

Kaiserslautern, 2010, VII, 31 pp.
IESE-Report, 043.10/E
Reportnr.: 043.10/E
Fraunhofer IESE ()
software engineering - management; technology selection; documentation; experimentation; information need; experiment; guideline

Background: The identification of alternative technologies - which is one step of the formal decision-making process - results in a judgment on whether a technology is considered as a candidate for the further decision-making process. A model has been proposed that aims at improving the delivery of relevant information from ESE research to software managers.
Objectives: Evaluate the effectiveness of the model of software managers information needs.
Method: Experiment with software managers from industry who read two versions of a report on a controlled experiment, one of which contained the information as required by the information needs model.
Results: Participants reading the version of the report based on the model perceived that they could judge better whether the technology is appropriate than those reading the original version of the paper.
Conclusion: The information needs model provides a means for supporting the identification of alternative solutions and thus has the potential to solve the problem of making decisions.