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Feature Modeling Tools: Evaluation and Lessons Learned

  • Mohammed El Dammagh
  • Olga De Troyer
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6999)

Abstract

This paper presents an evaluation of feature modeling tools. The purpose of the evaluation was to gain insight in the aspects that influence the quality and more in the particular usability. The evaluation focused on the quality criteria: usability, safety, and the support for functional usability requirements. The study involved 9 feature-modeling tools and was done using an experimental evaluation and an investigation by the authors of the paper. From the results, recommendations are formulated that can be taken into consideration in future tool design for these kind of modeling tools.

Keywords

feature modeling tool quality usability evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammed El Dammagh
    • 1
  • Olga De Troyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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