Simulating and optimising design decisions in quantitative goal models

William Heaven, Emmanuel Letier
2011 2011 IEEE 19th International Requirements Engineering Conference  
Making decisions among a set of alternative system designs is an essential activity of requirements engineering. It involves evaluating how well each alternative satisfies the stakeholders' goals and selecting one alternative that achieves some optimal tradeoffs between possibly conflicting goals. Quantitative goal models support such activities by describing how alternative system designs -expressed as alternative goal refinements and responsibility assignments -impact on the levels of goal
more » ... isfaction specified in terms of measurable objective functions. Analyzing large numbers of alternative designs in such models is an expensive activity for which no dedicated tool support is currently available. This paper takes a first step towards providing such support by presenting automated techniques for (i) simulating quantitative goal models so as to estimate the levels of goal satisfaction contributed by alternative system designs and (ii) optimising the system design by applying a multi-objective optimisation algorithm to search through the design space. These techniques are presented and validated using a quantitative goal model for a well-known ambulance service system. Keywords -requirements simulation and optimisation; quality requirements; goal-oriented requirements engineering; quantitative modelling; search-based software engineering I.
doi:10.1109/re.2011.6051653 dblp:conf/re/HeavenL11 fatcat:hrx7hygxi5cxfa2tolj7smwbj4