Goal-Oriented Requirements Analysis Meets a Creativity Technique

  • Tomoo KinoshitaEmail author
  • Shinpei Hayashi
  • Motoshi Saeki
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10651)


Goal-oriented requirements analysis (GORA) has been growing in the area of requirement engineering. It is one of the approaches that elicits and analyzes stakeholders’ requirements as goals to be achieved, and develops an AND-OR graph, called a goal graph, as a result of requirements elicitation. However, although it is important to involve stakeholders’ ideas and viewpoints during requirements elicitation, GORA still has a problem that their processes lack the deeper participation of stakeholders. Regarding stakeholders’ participation, creativity techniques have also become popular in requirements engineering. They aim to create novel and appropriate requirements by involving stakeholders. One of these techniques, the KJ-method is a method which organizes and associates novel ideas generated by Brainstorming. In this paper, we present an approach to support stakeholders’ participation during GORA processes by transforming an affinity diagrams of the KJ-method, into a goal graph, including transformation guidelines, and also apply our approach to an example.


Goal-Oriented Requirements Analysis Creativity KJ-method 



This work was partly supported by JSPS Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Number JP15K00088.


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  • Tomoo Kinoshita
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shinpei Hayashi
    • 1
  • Motoshi Saeki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceTokyo Institute of TechnologyTokyoJapan

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