We are pleased to invite you to our next Colloquium IS that will take place on Friday,
February 2, 2018, 12:30 – 13:30 (Paviljoen K.16).
Speaker: Maryam Razavian
Title: Empirical Research Design for Software Architecture Decision Making:
Abstract: Software architecture decision making involves humans, their behavioral issues and practice. As such, research on decision making needs to involve not only engineering but social science research methods. Despite past empirical research in software architecture decision making, we have not systematically studied how to perform such empirical research.
This talk is about the research methods have been used to study human decision making in software architecture. We analyzed research papers from our literature review on software architecture decision making. We classified the papers according to different facets of empirical research design like research logic, research purpose, research methodology and process. We derive lessons learned from existing studies and discuss open research issues inspired by social science research. We found predominant choices for the strategic research design and a variety of tactical design, operational design and study foci. We therefore introduce the focus matrix and the decision making research cycle to help researchers to position their research clearly. Thereby we provide a retrospective for the community and an entry point for new researchers to design empirical studies that embrace the human role in decision making.