Quality Requirements in Industrial Practice – An Extended Interview Study at Eleven Companies

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Richard Berntsson Svensson, Tony Gorschek, Björn Regnell, Richard Torkar, Ali Shahrokni, Robert Feldt
Title: Quality Requirements in Industrial Practice – An Extended Interview Study at Eleven Companies
Journal: IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Year: 2012
Volume: 38
Issue: 4
Pagination: 923-935
ISSN: 0098-5589
Publisher: IEEE
URI/DOI: 10.1109/TSE.2011.47
ISI number: 000307120000012
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: In order to create a successful software product and assure its quality, it is not enough to fulfill the functional requirements, it is also crucial to find the right balance among competing quality requirements (QR). An extended, previosluy piloted, interview study was performed to identify specific challenges associated with the selection, trade-off, and management of QR in industrial practice. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with eleven product managers and eleven project leaders from eleven software companies. The contribution of this study is fourfold: First, it compares how QR are handled in two cases, companies working in business-to-business markets, and companies that are working in business-to-consumer markets. These two are also compared in terms of impact on the handling of QRs. Second, it compares the perceptions and priorities of QR by product and project management respectively. Third, it includes an examination of the interdependencies among quality requirements perceived as most important by the practitioners. Fourth, it characterizes the selection and management of QR in down-stream development activities.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Requirements/Specifications, Management, Process
Note: http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi/10.1109/TSE.2011.47