Poster: Patterns of Requirements Related Communication

This poster was presented at REFSQ’12 in Essen, Germany and highlights our vision for this project: investigating patterns of requirements related discussions that can help projects continually monitor the health of requirements-driven collaboration. Introduction Eff ective collaboration during Requirements Engineering is essential for project success and includes the discussion and negotiation of requirements with di erent stakeholders, deriving, assigning, and scheduling tasks and subtasks from these requirements. Problem: Existing requirements management tools o ffer limited support. Practitioners rely on a combination of collaboration tools such as email and issue-trackers. No overview of the state of the requirements-related discussion. Lost opportunity in leveraging the wealth of requirements-related communication data available in projects. Research Goal In our research we aim on investigating patterns of requirements related discussions that can help projects continually monitor the health of requirements-driven collaboration. Research Method Based on a framework for analyzing requirements-driven collaboration [1], we o ffer to analyze requirements-driven communication by developing stakeholder requirements centric social networks (RCSN). Based on our ability to automatically detect requirements clari cation in this communication (by using machine learning, c.f. [2]), we can identify patterns of requirements clari cation. Anticipated benefits for software engineering practice Support for Seeking Domain Experts as well as Technical Experts Identifying the brokers of requirements related information to make project managers aware of critical people in a project Assessing the health of requirements and their development. References Damian, D., Kwan, I., Marczak, S.: Requirements-driven collaboration: Leveraging the invisible relationships between requirements and people. In: Mistrik, I., Grundy, J., Hoek, A., and Whitehead, J. (eds.) Collaborative Software Engineering. 57-76. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg (2010). Knauss, E., Houmb, S., Schneider, K., Islam, S., J├╝rjens, J.: Supporting Requirements Engineers in Recognising Security Issues. In: Proceedings of REFSQ’11. Springer, Essen, Germany (2011).