Requirements Engineering: In Search of the Dependent Variables

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Tony Gorschek, Alan Davis
Title: Requirements Engineering: In Search of the Dependent Variables
Journal: Information and Software Technology
Year: 2008
Volume: 50
Issue: 1-2
Pagination: 67-75
ISSN: 0950-5849
Publisher: Elsevier
City: Amsterdam
URI/DOI: 10.1016/j.infsof.2007.10.003
ISI number: 000252196700009
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: When software development teams modify their requirements engineering process as an independent variable, they often examine the implications of these process changes by assessing the quality of the products of the requirements engineering process, e.g., a software requirements specification (SRS). Using the quality of the SRS as the dependent variable is flawed. As an alternative, this paper presents a framework of dependent variables that serves as a full range for requirements engineering quality assessment. In this framework, the quality of the SRS itself is just the first level. Other higher, and more significant levels, include whether the project was successful and whether the resulting product was successful. And still higher levels include whether or not the company was successful and whether there was a positive or negative impact on society as a whole. © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Requirements Engineering, Product Management, Process Improvement