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Investigating the potential impact of values on requirements and software engineering

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Alistair Sutcliffe, Peter Sawyer, Wei Liu, Nelly Bencomo

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE/ACM 43rd International Conference on Software Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationSoftware Engineering in Society, ICSE-SEIS 2021
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780738133225
E-pub ahead of print1 Jan 2021
PublishedMay 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)0270-5257

Bibliographical note

Funding Information: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS This research was partially supported by EPSRC (EP/T017627/1) Twenty-20 Insight. Publisher Copyright: © 2021 IEEE. Copyright: Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

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This paper describes an investigation into value-based software engineering and proposes a comprehensive value taxonomy with interpretation of design feature implications. The value taxonomy is used to assess the design of Covid-19 symptom tracker applications, contrasting the UK’s NHS phase 1 and 2 designs which adopted centralized, then decentralized, architectures. The value/ feature analysis is also applied to the King’s/Zoe Covid app which does not detect proximity, instead relying on user self-reporting. Value analysis illuminated design choices but was insufficient to account for download acceptance of the apps. We argue that motivational cost-benefit analysis needs to complement a values-based approach.

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