One of the most intense and enjoyable events last year was the Ready-set-transfer panel (or: show) at Requirements Engineering Conference. I had the pleasure to present my work on the V:issue:lizer and to argue why I think it was ready for transfer into industry. The following video* (1:46 min) was part of my pitch on why the V:issue:lizer is relevant for software development: So how can the V:issue:lizer help in this situation? Let’s first look on the visualization of the clarification trajectory derived from the discussion in the video (see a transcript in the making of section below).
Although we designed V:issue:lizer as a research tool, we think that it is also a good prototype for tool support for managers that need to deal with information overload in distributed software projects. We demonstrate this in a short video (5 min).
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 Effective collaboration during Requirements Engineering is essential for project success and includes the discussion and negotiation of requirements with dierent stakeholders, deriving, assigning, and scheduling tasks and subtasks from these requirements. Problem: Existing requirements management tools offer 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 , we offer to analyze requirements-driven communication by developing stakeholder requirements centric social networks (RCSN). Based on our ability to automatically detect requirements clarication in this communication (by using machine learning, c.f. ), we can identify patterns of requirements clarication. 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., Jürjens, J.: Supporting Requirements Engineers in Recognising Security Issues. In: Proceedings of REFSQ’11. Springer, Essen, Germany (2011).