The Influence of Green Strategies Design onto Quality Requirements Prioritization

Nelly Condori Fernandez*, Patricia Lago

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[Context and Motivation] Modern society is facing important challenges that are critical to improve its environmental performance. The literature reports on many green strategies aimed at reducing energy consumption. However, little research has been carried out so far on including green strategies in software design. [Question/problem] In this paper, we investigate how green software strategies can contribute to, and influence, quality requirements prioritization performed iteratively throughout a service-oriented software design process. [Methodology] In collaboration with a Dutch industry partner, an empirical study was carried out with 19 student teams playing the role of software designers, who completed the design of a real-life project through 7 weekly deliverables. [Principle ideas/results] We identified a list of quality requirements (QRs) that were considered by the teams as part of their architectural decisions when green strategies were introduced. By analyzing relations between QRs and green strategies, our study confirms usability as the most used QR for addressing green strategies that allow to create people awareness. Qualities like reliability, performance, interoperability, scalability and availability emerged as the most relevant for addressing service-awareness green strategies. [Contribution] If used at the beginning of a green software project, our results help including the most relevant QRs for addressing those green software strategies that are e.g. the most domain-generic (like increase carbon footprint awareness, paperless service provisioning, virtualization).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRequirements Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationFoundation for Software Quality - 24th International Working Conference, REFSQ 2018, Proceedings
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319772431
ISBN (Print)9783319772424
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event24th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering Foundation for Software Quality, REFSQ 2018 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 19 Mar 201822 Mar 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10753 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference24th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering Foundation for Software Quality, REFSQ 2018


  • Green software design
  • Prioritization
  • Quality requirements
  • Green IT
  • software engineering

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  • Connected World
  • Science for Sustainability


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