Jedlitschka, A., Ayari, B., & Weibelzahl, S. (2004). Is it worthwhile to model users of a tool in support of SE technology selection. In Proceedings of Lernen - Wissensentdeckung - Adaptivität (LWA2004) , October 4-6, 2004, Humboldt University (pp. 36-41). Berlin.

Decision support in software engineering is an emerging field. The need to select the best method, technique or tool in a given business context is becoming more and more important in an increasingly competitive world where time-to-market, budget constraints, and the achievement of functionality and quality goals are becoming crucial for achieving a company's business goals. This paper presents on-going research towards the development of a decision support system that aims at improving software engineering technology selection by software managers. To evaluate if it is worth-while to invest into a user modeling approach for that specific system, we conducted a pilot study amongst research managers regarding their presentation preferences. Our main finding is, that the target user group is in doubt whether they would benefit from a user modeling approach. Moreover, we were not able to demonstrate differences in the information need for different roles.

author = {Andreas Jedlitschka and Brahim Ayari and Stephan Weibelzahl},
title = {Is it worthwhile to model users of a tool in support of {SE} technology selection},
booktitle = {Proceedings of {L}ernen - {W}issensentdeckung - {A}daptivit{\"a}t ({LWA2004}), 4-6 {O}ctober 2004, {H}umboldt {U}niversity},
year = {2004},
pages = {36--41},
address = {Berlin}