Commissioning a Review
Organizations (e.g., software companies, government departments) may commission a systematic review if they have a well-defined question that can be answered by summarizing existing empirical evidence.
Software tool producers may want to know about recent developments that are related to the functions provided by their tool. Software quality managers and software process managers may want to have some reliable evidence about the impact of a new method/tool. Government organizations responsible for commissioning or purchasing software intensive systems may want information about the effectiveness and limitations of different software processes. Organizations may also be interested if there is no reliable empirical evidence about the benefits and limitation of a specific method/tool.
The process of commissioning involves:
- Justifying the need for the review.
- Specifying the research question(s).
- Preparing and publishing an invitation to tender.
- Assessing the responses to the invitation to tender.
- Awarding the contract.