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Crowd-Focused Semi-Automated Requirements Engineering for Evolution Towards Sustainability


Seyff, Norbert; Betz, Stefanie; Groher, Iris; Stade, Melanie; Chitchyan, Ruzanna; Duboc, Leticia; Penzenstadler, Birgit; Venters, Colin; Becker, Christoph (2018). Crowd-Focused Semi-Automated Requirements Engineering for Evolution Towards Sustainability. In: 26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'18), Banff, AB, 20 September 2018 - 24 September 2018. IEEE, 370-375.

Abstract

Continuous requirements elicitation is an essential aspect of software product evolution to keep systems aligned with changing user needs. However, current requirements engineering approaches do not explicitly address sustainability in the evolution of systems. Reasons include a lack of awareness and a lack of shared understanding of the concept of sustainability in the RE community. Identifying and analysing the effects of requirements regarding sustainability is challenging, as these effects can have an impact on multiple stakeholders and manifest themselves in one or more sustainability dimensions at different points in time. We argue that crowd-focused semi-automated requirements engineering allows the engagement of a large number of stakeholders (including users and domain experts) in a continuous cycle of negotiation regarding the potential effects of requirements on sustainability. Based on a motivating scenario, we introduce the idea of a platform for crowd-focused requirements engineering that supports the evolution towards sustainability. For the three key aspects of this platform, we present our ongoing work and discuss early results. We outline how the platform can be utilised to improve the broader awareness and understanding of sustainability, not only for the involved crowd but also for researchers and society in general.

Abstract

Continuous requirements elicitation is an essential aspect of software product evolution to keep systems aligned with changing user needs. However, current requirements engineering approaches do not explicitly address sustainability in the evolution of systems. Reasons include a lack of awareness and a lack of shared understanding of the concept of sustainability in the RE community. Identifying and analysing the effects of requirements regarding sustainability is challenging, as these effects can have an impact on multiple stakeholders and manifest themselves in one or more sustainability dimensions at different points in time. We argue that crowd-focused semi-automated requirements engineering allows the engagement of a large number of stakeholders (including users and domain experts) in a continuous cycle of negotiation regarding the potential effects of requirements on sustainability. Based on a motivating scenario, we introduce the idea of a platform for crowd-focused requirements engineering that supports the evolution towards sustainability. For the three key aspects of this platform, we present our ongoing work and discuss early results. We outline how the platform can be utilised to improve the broader awareness and understanding of sustainability, not only for the involved crowd but also for researchers and society in general.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Engineering (miscellaneous)
Physical Sciences > Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Scope:Discipline-based scholarship (basic research)
Language:English
Event End Date:24 September 2018
Deposited On:14 Jul 2021 14:10
Last Modified:06 Mar 2024 14:29
Publisher:IEEE
ISBN:978-1-5386-7418-5
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1109/RE.2018.00-23
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:17837
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