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Naming the pain in requirements engineering: Contemporary problems, causes, and effects in practice
Technische Universität München Garching Germany.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Information Systems and Project Management. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Karlstad Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4468-7524
University of Twente Enschede, The Netherlands.
Number of Authors: 22
2016 (English)In: Journal of Empirical Software Engineering, ISSN 1382-3256, E-ISSN 1573-7616, 1-41 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Requirements Engineering (RE) has received much attention in research and

practice due to its importance to software project success. Its interdisciplinary nature, the

dependency to the customer, and its inherent uncertainty still render the discipline diffi-

cult to investigate. This results in a lack of empirical data. These are necessary, however, to

demonstrate which practically relevant RE problems exist and to what extent they matter.

Motivated by this situation, we initiated the Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineer-

ing (NaPiRE) initiative which constitutes a globally distributed, bi-yearly replicated family 

of surveys on the status quo and problems in practical RE. In this article, we report on the

qualitative analysis of data obtained from 228 companies working in 10 countries in various

domains and we reveal which contemporary problems practitioners encounter. To this end,

we analyse 21 problems derived from the literature with respect to their relevance and crit-

icality in dependency to their context, and we complement this picture with a cause-effect

analysis showing the causes and effects surrounding the most critical problems. Our results

give us a better understanding of which problems exist and how they manifest themselves

in practical environments. Thus, we provide a first step to ground contributions to RE on

empirical observations which, until now, were dominated by conventional wisdom only.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2016. 1-41 p.
Keyword [en]
Requirements engineering, Survey research
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-46926DOI: 10.1007/s10664-016-9451-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-46926DiVA: diva2:1039503
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