Creativity and Goal Modeling for Requirements Engineering

Project Description

Creativity techniques as applied to Requirements Engineering (RE) focus on finding novel and appropriate requirements, facilitating system and business innovation. However, ideas are generated in a free-form, manual fashion, with much guidance from human facilitators. Creative output is captured by analysts using text and informal diagrams, not amenable to (semi-) automated analysis, including decision support. Goal modeling and analysis captures stakeholder goals and requirements, with underlying formalisms allowing for (semi-) automated analysis over alternative requirements. However, it is not always easy for stakeholders to articulate their goals, or to come up with creative alternatives. In this project we exploit the synergies between creativity techniques and goal modeling and analysis. Specifically, we use creativity techniques to populate goal models with creative content, and use the structure of goal models to facilitate exploratory, transformational, and combinatorial creativity. We focus on capturing project output as part of online, distributed, creative, model-based support tools.


  • Creative Leaf Event at Cass Business School UPDATE:  Postponed to September 8th, 2016Cass Business School are holding a free 1-hour demo event to introduce the tool and method.  Your feedback is welcome!  Finger food and ...
    Posted Aug 26, 2016, 8:04 AM by Jennifer Horkoff
  • Creative Leaf Release Our web tool, Creative Leaf has been released. We welcome feedback! see our instructions and tutorial videos in the navigation menu.
    Posted Jun 16, 2016, 6:08 AM by Jennifer Horkoff
  • Formative Studies We are well underway with our tool & methodology design.   The preliminary version of the tool can be found here: have performed ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2015, 10:19 AM by Jennifer Horkoff
  • Presentations at iStar@RE and University of Toronto During the last weeks of August, I gave two presentations on the motivations for and preliminary results of our project.  The first was at the University of Toronto Software Engineering ...
    Posted Sep 8, 2015, 8:14 AM by Jennifer Horkoff
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