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Thu 23 Sep 2021 08:30 - 09:00 at Basilica - Human Barriers Chair(s): Colin C. Venters

Linguistic-Relativity-Theory states that language and its structure influence people’s world view and cognition. We investigate how this theory impacts the identification of requirements in practice. To this end, we conducted two controlled experiments with 101 participants. We randomly showed participants a set of requirements dimensions (i.e. a language structure) either with a focus on software quality or on sustainability and asked them to identify the requirements for a grocery shopping app according to these dimensions. Participants of the control group were not given any dimensions. The results show that the use of requirements dimensions significantly increases the number of identified requirements in comparison to the control group. Furthermore, participants who were given the sustainability dimensions identified more sustainability requirements. In follow up interviews with 16 practitioners, the interviewees reported benefits of the dimensions such as holistic guidance but were also concerned about the customers acceptance. Furthermore, they stated challenges of implementing sustainability dimensions in the daily business but also suggested solutions like establishing sustainability as a common standard. Our study indicates that carefully structuring requirements engineering along sustainability dimensions can guide development teams towards considering and ensuring software sustainability.

Thu 23 Sep

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08:00 - 09:20
Human BarriersResearch Papers / RE@Next! Papers at Basilica
Chair(s): Colin C. Venters University of Huddersfield

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The Rise and Fall of COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps: when NFRs Collide with PandemicResearch Paper
Research Papers
Muneera Bano School of Information Technology, Deakin University, Chetan Arora Deakin University, Didar Zowghi University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Alessio Ferrari CNR-ISTI
The Role of Linguistic Relativity on the Identification of Sustainability Requirements: An Empirical StudyResearch Paper
Research Papers
Yen Dieu Pham University of Hamburg, Abir Bouraffa , Marleen Hillen University of Hamburg, Walid Maalej University of Hamburg
Representing Human Barriers in Requirements Engineering: The Case of Electronic Health RecordsRE@Next
RE@Next! Papers
Meira Levy Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Michal Pauzner Shenkar College of Engineering, Design,Art, Irit Hadar University of Haifa