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Challenges in Aligning Requirements Engineering and Verification in a Large-Scale Industrial Context

  • Giedre Sabaliauskaite
  • Annabella Loconsole
  • Emelie Engström
  • Michael Unterkalmsteiner
  • Björn Regnell
  • Per Runeson
  • Tony Gorschek
  • Robert Feldt
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6182)

Abstract

[Context and motivation] When developing software, coordination between different organizational units is essential in order to develop a good quality product, on time and within budget. Particularly, the synchronization between requirements and verification processes is crucial in order to assure that the developed software product satisfies customer requirements. [Question/problem] Our research question is: what are the current challenges in aligning the requirements and verification processes? [Principal ideas/results] We conducted an interview study at a large software development company. This paper presents preliminary findings of these interviews that identify key challenges in aligning requirements and verification processes. [Contribution] The result of this study includes a range of challenges faced by the studied organization grouped into the categories: organization and processes, people, tools, requirements process, testing process, change management, traceability, and measurement. The findings of this study can be used by practitioners as a basis for investigating alignment in their organizations, and by scientists in developing approaches for more efficient and effective management of the alignment between requirements and verification.

Keywords

requirements engineering software verification software testing coordination 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giedre Sabaliauskaite
    • 1
  • Annabella Loconsole
    • 1
  • Emelie Engström
    • 1
  • Michael Unterkalmsteiner
    • 2
  • Björn Regnell
    • 1
  • Per Runeson
    • 1
  • Tony Gorschek
    • 2
  • Robert Feldt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceLund UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Blekinge Institute of TechnologySweden

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