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Requirements Engineering 2021
Mon 20 - Fri 24 September 2021

Crowdsourcing an Ontology of Requirements Engineering approaches (CORE)

Date: Monday, Sept. 20th 8.00am- 11.00am EST

Duration: Half-day

Alistair Mavin (Independent Consultant, UK)
Sabine Mavin (Laing O’Rourke, UK)
Birgit Penzenstadler (Chalmers Technical University, Sweden)
Colin C. Venters (University of Huddersfield, UK)

While requirements elicitation is a relatively mature area of RE, an inability to frame problems and explicitly relate them to approaches is recognised as one of the most glaring deficiencies of practice and theory. Despite this recognition, only a small number of studies have attempted to understand the factors that influence requirements practitioners in their selection of appropriate approaches(s). Given the plethora of available approaches, understanding the factors that influence the choice of requirements engineering (RE) approaches during a software or systems development project remains an open challenge. We use the term “approach” to mean any technique, tool or method that may be used during RE endeavours. The primary aim of this work is to organise the RE approaches into an ontological framework based on a series of collaborative events that gathers the collective experience and knowledge of RE practitioners and researchers in the selection of complementary RE approaches.

The second IEEE Requirements (RE) Engineering CORE (Crowd-sourcing an Ontology of Requirements Engineering approaches) event aims to engage participants to develop further and extend an emerging ontology of requirements engineering approaches. This [working] workshop actively seeks both research and industry participation to harness the full breadth and depth of knowledge and experience of the RE community.

Participants will propose approaches and collectively determine where each fit into the ontology. We will identify the inputs to and outputs from each approach to show how they relate to each other. This will be a rich learning environment in which ideas are shared, and new perspectives will emerge. The ontology itself will be a significant tangible asset that will provide a holistic overview of the RE domain. Participants will be able to identify approaches they can use, see areas ripe for new research and opportunities for collaboration. The session will be participatory, engaging and fun.