Requirements Engineering

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 199–207 | Cite as

An Experimental Investigation into the Effectiveness of OOA for Specifying Requirements

  • Edward R. Sim
  • Guiseppi Forgionne
  • Barin Nag
Original Article

The application of object oriented concepts (OO) to the requirements phase of information systems (IS) and software development has been adopted by many proponents of IS and software development methodologies. Although many claims have been made about the effectiveness of OO techniques for improving requirements analysis, very few experimental studies have been done to substantiate these claims. This paper addresses this gap in the literature by conducting an experimental study that attempts to validate the effectiveness of object-oriented analysis (OOA) by comparing it to structured analysis (SA) for producing requirements. We argue that the quality of the requirements specification can be measured and that measurement can be used to compare the effectiveness of OOA and SA. We present an overview of the basic models and principles associated with OOA and SA, a discussion of quality in requirements definition, and a detailed discussion of the research methodology used. A review of relevant research is also presented and directions for further research are suggested. Our findings suggest that the OOA methodology does not necessarily produce better requirements statements.

Key words:IS analysis methodologies – Object oriented – Requirements 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag London Limited 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward R. Sim
    • 1
  • Guiseppi Forgionne
    • 2
  • Barin Nag
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Sellinger School of Business, Baltimore, Maryland, USAUS
  2. 2.University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, USAUS
  3. 3.Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USAUS

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