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The Illusion of requirements in software development

Ralph, Paul (2013) The Illusion of requirements in software development. Requirements Engineering, 18 (3). pp. 293-296. ISSN 0947-3602

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Abstract

This viewpoint explores the possibility that many software development projects may have no useful requirements. Specifically, for problems (e.g., knowledge worker burnout) with two completely different solutions (e.g., better tool support or hire more employees), an analyst may state a goal (e.g., decrease work hours) but more specific desiderata are contingent on the chosen solution. Furthermore, without fully exploring the design space, the designer cannot be sure whether there exists another approach, which would achieve the goal without any commonality with known approaches. In these situations of sparse requirements, analysts may misrepresent design decisions as requirements, creating an illusion of requirements in software development.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Requirements Engineering
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 60217
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Nov 2012 13:10
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 16:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/60217

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