Andrigo Gomes; Andreas Pettersson MSE-2007-06, pp. 141. TEK/avd. för programvaruteknik, 2007.
Research findings in requirements engineering (RE)
report that software organizations still struggle in
establishing processes that lead to proper requirements
handling. This leads to the acknowledgement that the
adoption of good requirements engineering practices by
industry is still not common.
Although some initiatives have been made to spread
the use of good practices of bespoke RE, the area of
market-driven requirements engineering (MDRE) still
lacks a contribution in that direction. MDRE is
characterized by strong market and strategic orientation,
which contrasts with the customer/development
organization relationship of bespoke RE. This poses
several challenges to software product organizations,
such as the need for aligning development activities
with organizational and product strategies.
In an attempt to help these organizations to realize
the benefits of MDRE, this Master Thesis presents the
Market-Driven Requirements Engineering Process
Model (MDREPM). MDREPM is both a collection of
good practices in MDRE, and an assessment tool for
organizations to get a snapshot of the current state of
their MDRE practices. The assessment intends to reveal
problem areas of organization’s requirements process,
which can then be worked upon by introducing good
practices described in the model.
The thesis describes the motivation for creating
MDREPM, both from an academia and industry
perspectives. In addition, it describes the process of
developing the model, from its creation through to its
validation within academia and industry.
As the series of three case studies conducted
indicate, the MDREPM has been shown to be useful for
industry practitioners. A unanimous opinion has been
found as to the good coverage it provides of issues
related to MDRE, and as to its usefulness for driving
improvement efforts in requirements engineering.