Limitations of the analytic hierarchy process technique with respect to geographically distributed stakeholders

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Azeem Ahmad, Magnus Göransson, Aamir Shahzad
Title: Limitations of the analytic hierarchy process technique with respect to geographically distributed stakeholders
Journal: Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Year: 2010
Volume: 70
Issue: Sept.
Pagination: 111-116
ISSN: 2010-376X
Publisher: World Academy of Science
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
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http://www.bth.se/com
Language: English
Abstract: The selection of appropriate requirements for product releases can make a big difference in a product success. The selection of requirements is done by different requirements prioritization techniques. These techniques are based on pre-defined and systematic steps to calculate the requirements relative weight. Prioritization is complicated by new development settings, shifting from traditional co-located development to geographically distributed development. Stakeholders, connected to a project, are distributed all over the world. These geographically distributions of stakeholders make it hard to prioritize requirements as each stakeholder have their own perception and expectations of the requirements in a software project. This paper discusses limitations of the Analytical Hierarchy Process with respect to geographically distributed stakeholders' (GDS) prioritization of requirements. This paper also provides a solution, in the form of a modified AHP, in order to prioritize requirements for GDS. We will conduct two experiments in this paper and will analyze the results in order to discuss AHP limitations with respect to GDS. The modified AHP variant is also validated in this paper.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: AHP, Geographically distributed stakeholders, Modified AHP, Requirements prioritization
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