Requirement Prioritization with Quantitative Data - A Case Study

  • Enrico Johansson
  • Daniel Bergdahl
  • Jan Bosch
  • Helena Holmström Olsson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9459)


Feature content in system releases tends to be prioritized using limited amounts of qualitative user input and based on the opinions of those in product management. This leads to several problems including the wasteful allocation of R&D resources. In this paper, we present the results of our efforts to collect quantitative customer input before the start of development using a mock-up for a mobile application developed by Sony Mobile Communications Inc. Our research shows that (1) product managers change their prioritization when quantitative data is presented to them; (2) product managers change their prioritization which is converged to the prioritization indicated by the quantitative data (3) the quantitative data is regarded as beneficial by the product managers.


Requirements engineering Customer data Survey Mock-up Data-driven development Case study Prioritization Product management 



The development work needed for of the case study has been funded and supported by Sony Mobile. This research was in part funded by Software Center ( We thank the senior product managers that participated in the study for valuable input during the after the interviews.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrico Johansson
    • 1
  • Daniel Bergdahl
    • 2
  • Jan Bosch
    • 3
  • Helena Holmström Olsson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden
  2. 2.LINAF AB, Management ConsultingLommaSweden
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringChalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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