Providing tool-support for value-based decision-making: a usability assessment

Vitor Freitas, Emilia Mendes, Burak Turhan

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Numerous companies worldwide make their decisions related to software projects/products in a value neutral way, using only earned value systems, which represent short-term goals. Better decisions can be made using a value-based approach, achieving cost-effective results and reliable construction and maintenance of products. However, moving from a value-neutral to a value-based paradigm can be a challenge. We provide tool-support, which was co-created in collaboration with three software companies, to ease the paradigm shift. Our tool supports both individual and group-based decisions using several visualization mechanisms. Despite the co-creation process employed while developing the VALUE tool, there are specific issues relating to its usability that must also be assessed in order to reduce any possible drawbacks for its adoption by industry. This paper details three usability studies that were carried out to assess the VALUE tool's usability. The results also suggest that the tool is ready to be taken into use in the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 42nd Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications, SEAA 2016
Subtitle of host publication31 August - 2 September 2016, Limassol, Cyprus
EditorsCarmine Gravino, Martin Höst
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509028191
ISBN (Print)9781509028214
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventEuromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications 2016 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 31 Aug 20162 Sep 2016
Conference number: 42nd (Proceedings)


ConferenceEuromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications 2016
Abbreviated titleSEAA 2016
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  • Tool
  • Usability
  • Value-based decision making
  • Value-based software engineering

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