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RE2021
Mon 20 - Fri 24 September 2021
Fri 24 Sep 2021 12:30 - 13:00 at Golden Dome - RE in Practice Chair(s): Markus Borg

IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering 2021

Context. The use of standards is considered a vital part of any engineering discipline. So one could expect that standards play an important role in Requirements Engineering (RE) as well. However, little is known about the actual knowledge and use of RE-related standards in industry. Objective. In this article, we investigate to which extent standards and related artifacts such as templates or guidelines are known and used by RE practitioners. Method. To this end, we have conducted a questionnaire-based online survey. We could analyze the replies from 90 RE practitioners using a combination of closed and open-text questions. Results. Our results indicate that the knowledge and use of standards and related artifacts in RE is less widespread than one might expect from an engineering perspective. For example, about 47% of the respondents working as requirements engineers or business analysts do not know the core standard in RE, ISO/IEC/IEEE 29148. Participants in our study mostly use standards by personal decision rather than being imposed by their respective company, customer, or regulator. Beyond insufficient knowledge, we also found cultural and organizational factors impeding the widespread adoption of standards in RE. Conclusions. Overall, our results provide empirically informed insights into the actual use of standards and related artifacts in RE practice and – indirectly – about the value that the current standards create for RE practitioners.

Fri 24 Sep

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12:00 - 13:00
RE in PracticeJournal-First / Industrial Innovation Papers at Golden Dome
Chair(s): Markus Borg RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

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12:00
30m
Talk
Applying Model-based Requirements Engineering in Three Large European Collaborative Projects: An Experience ReportIndustrial Innovation Paper
Industrial Innovation Papers
Andrey Sadovykh Innopolis University & SOFTEAM, Dragos Truscan Åbo Akademi University, Hugo Bruneliere IMT Atlantique, LS2N (UMR CNRS 6004)
12:30
30m
Talk
A Study about the Knowledge and Use of Requirements Engineering Standards in IndustryJ1
Journal-First
Xavier Franch Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Martin Glinz University of Zurich, Daniel Mendez Blekinge Institute of Technology, Norbert Seyff FHNW & University of Zurich
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