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

Giedre Sabaliauskaite, Annabella Loconsole, Emelie Engström, Michael Unterkalmsteiner, Björn Regnell, Per Runeson, Tony Gorschek, Robert Feldt
<span title="">2010</span> <i title="Springer Berlin Heidelberg"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/2w3awgokqne6te4nvlofavy5a4" style="color: black;">Lecture Notes in Computer Science</a> </i> &nbsp;
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
more &raquo; ... [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. mechanism to manage coordination between the requirements and the verification processes. We call such coordination alignment. In this paper, we examine the challenges in aligning the requirements and the verification processes. We present preliminary results of an interview study performed in a large software company in Sweden. The overall goal of our research is to understand how alignment activities are performed in practice, what the important problems are and what can be improved to gain better alignment. The results presented in this paper are a set of challenges that can help practitioners and researchers. Practitioners can, for instance, allocate more resources in the areas that are challenging when aligning the requirements and the verification processes. Researchers can also benefit from our results by focusing their research on the areas that are the most challenging. The results are valid in the context of the company under investigation. We are currently extending the case study to other companies. By comparing the results of this case with other case studies it will be possible to get a more general picture of challenges in different kinds of organizations and in different domains. The paper is structured as follows. In Section 2, we present related work in the area. In Section 3, we describe the research approach used in this qualitative case study. Section 4 describes the alignment challenges found. Finally conclusions and future work are presented in Section 5.
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