Scaling Up Requirements Engineering – Exploring the Challenges of Increasing Size and Complexity in Market-Driven Software Development

  • Krzysztof Wnuk
  • Björn Regnell
  • Brian Berenbach
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6606)


[Context & motivation] Growing software companies with increasing product complexity face the issue of how to scale up their Requirements Engineering (RE) practices. In market-driven requirements engineering, release planning and scoping decisions are increasingly challenging as the size and complexity increases. [Problem] This paper presents initial results of an on-going exploratory, qualitative investigation of three market-driven, industrial cases with the objective of increasing our understanding of challenges in scaling up requirements engineering and how these challenges are addressed by the studied companies. [Results] Through 13 interviews in three companies, requirements engineering scalability issues are explored related to scoping and the structure of RE artifacts. [Contribution] The main contribution are findings related to increasing RE scale based on interpretations of the experienced interviewees’ views.


scalability case study requirements challenges market-driven requirements engineering very large-scale requirements engineering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krzysztof Wnuk
    • 1
  • Björn Regnell
    • 1
  • Brian Berenbach
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Siemens Corporate Research, IncUSA

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