Research Methodology Track
While commonly accepted guidelines for experiments exist, there is much more debate on how to conduct other forms of research studies: how to design, plan and justify your research, and how to ensure relevance, generalizability and applicability to industry? For example, how to assess state-of-art, how to generalize from empirical studies, and how to set up longitudinal studies? In line with the special conference theme “I heard it first at REFSQ” this track gives room for discussing state-of-art and exploring new ideas on these challenges. Furthermore, the track offers two ways to learn about research methods: (1) discussion of research methods or of specific research designs with the community experts and (2) introduction, execution, and evaluation of research studies with the REFSQ participants. Participants will benefit from understanding the necessity, key ideas, and benefits of research methods that are important for the requirements engineering community.
Research Methodology Track Programme
The first REFQ Research Methodology Track features:
- Mini-tutorial “Focus Groups: Cost-effective and Methodologically Sound Ways to Get Practitioners Involved in Your Empirical RE Research”, by Maya Daneva (University of Twente, The Netherlands): This mini-tutorial provides some practical suggestions on how to evaluate the fitness of a focus group method to a research context, how to design a good enough focus-group-research process, how to counter validity threats and how to report and publish the results.
- Live study “Collecting Natural Language Trace Queries”, by Sugandha Lohar, Jane Cleland-Huang, Alexandar Rasin (DePaul University, USA) and Patrick Mäder (Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany): Software traceability links which are created during the development process are subsequently underutilized because project stakeholders lack the skills they need to compose trace queries. TiQi addresses this problem by accepting natural language trace queries and transforming them to executable SQL. The TiQi engine depends on the presence of a domain model. This can best be constructed through collecting samples from potential users.
- Face-to-face meetings “Ask the Experts”: structured space for individual discussions of challenges, plans, and experiences with empirical research (methods) in requirements engineering research. Participants: Jane Cleland-Huang (DePaul Univ., USA), Daniel Berry (Univ. of Waterloo, Canada), Barbara Paech (Univ. of Heidelberg, Germany), Kai Petersen (Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden), Roel Wieringa (Univ. of Twente, The Netherlands)
Research Methodology Track Chairs
Barbara Paech – University of Heidelberg, Germany
Roel Wieringa – University of Twente, Netherlands