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Constructing Software-Intensive Methods: A Design Science Research Process with Early Feedback Cycles

  • Robert Krawatzeck
  • Marcus Hofmann
  • Frieder Jacobi
  • Barbara Dinter
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7939)

Abstract

Methods are a common artifact within design science research (DSR). In the context of a research project we faced the challenge to develop a method and a software artifact in parallel. However, existing work in DSR and method engineering does not explicitly address the simultaneous development of two interdependent artifacts. Therefore, we developed a DSR process that allows the construction of so-called software-intensive methods. It considers the interdependencies of both artifacts and optimizes common DSR processes by including early feedback cycles for intermediate results allowing the identification of initial design weaknesses like missing or dispensable design elements, inappropriate element design and usability flaws. The process has been applied and its feasibility has been demonstrated in the research project.

Keywords

design science research process method engineering software prototype early feedback generate-test cycle 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Krawatzeck
    • 1
  • Marcus Hofmann
    • 1
  • Frieder Jacobi
    • 1
  • Barbara Dinter
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemnitz University of TechnologyChemnitzGermany
  2. 2.University of Erlangen-NurembergErlangen-NurembergGermany

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