Requirements are a ubiquitous part of our lives, so it may seem strange that they have been singled out for study in computer science. Requirements and communication are inextricably intertwined. We start making our requirements clear soon after we are born by crying, usually for food. Parents soon become expert requirements engineers in inferring what their children want; but even in the cradle the dilemma of requirements is exposed. A baby’s cry is ambiguous. Does he or she want food, warmth or a cuddle? How do we translate our interpretation into the right food, degree of warmth, or appropriate rocking motion?


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© Springer-Verlag London 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alistair Sutcliffe
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  1. 1.Centre for HCI Design, Department of ComputationUMISTManchesterUK

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