Factors that complicate the selection of software requirements: validating factors from literature in an empirical study

Hans Schoenmakers, R.J. Kusters, J.J.M. Trienekens

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Abstract

In market-driven software product development, new features may be added to the software, based on a collection of candidate requirements. Selecting requirements however is difficult. Despite all work done on this problem, known as the next release problem, what is missing, is a comprehensive overview of the factors that complicate selecting software requirements. This paper aims at getting such overview. The authors performed a systematic literature review, searching for occurrences in the literature where a causal relation was suggested
between certain conditions and the difficulty of selecting software requirements. Analyzing 544 papers led to 156 findings. Clustering them resulted in 33 complicating factors that were classified in eight groups. The complicating factors were validated in semi-structured interviews with twelve experts from three different industrial organizations. These interviews consisted of questions about participant’s experiences with the complicating factors, and of questions how these factors complicated selecting requirements. The results aid in getting a better understanding of the complexity of selecting requirements.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSOFT 2018
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Software Technologies - volume 1
EditorsLeszek Maciaszek, Marten van Sinderen
PublisherINSTICC Press
Pages213-220
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-989-758-320-9
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Jul 2018
Event13th International Conference on Software Technologies ICSOFT 2018) - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jul 201828 Jul 2018
Conference number: 13

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Software Technologies ICSOFT 2018)
Abbreviated titleICSOFT 2018
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period26/07/1828/07/18

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Keywords

  • Requirements Selection
  • Systematic Literature Review.
  • Stakeholder Salience
  • Stakeholders
  • Software Release Planning
  • Prioritization

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Schoenmakers, H., Kusters, R. J., & Trienekens, J. J. M. (2018). Factors that complicate the selection of software requirements: validating factors from literature in an empirical study. In L. Maciaszek, & M. van Sinderen (Eds.), ICSOFT 2018: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Software Technologies - volume 1 (pp. 213-220). INSTICC Press. DOI: 10.5220/0006836702470254
Schoenmakers, Hans ; Kusters, R.J. ; Trienekens, J.J.M./ Factors that complicate the selection of software requirements : validating factors from literature in an empirical study. ICSOFT 2018: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Software Technologies - volume 1. editor / Leszek Maciaszek ; Marten van Sinderen. INSTICC Press, 2018. pp. 213-220
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Schoenmakers, H, Kusters, RJ & Trienekens, JJM 2018, Factors that complicate the selection of software requirements: validating factors from literature in an empirical study. in L Maciaszek & M van Sinderen (eds), ICSOFT 2018: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Software Technologies - volume 1. INSTICC Press, pp. 213-220, 13th International Conference on Software Technologies ICSOFT 2018), Porto, Portugal, 26/07/18. DOI: 10.5220/0006836702470254

Factors that complicate the selection of software requirements : validating factors from literature in an empirical study. / Schoenmakers, Hans; Kusters, R.J.; Trienekens, J.J.M.

ICSOFT 2018: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Software Technologies - volume 1. ed. / Leszek Maciaszek; Marten van Sinderen. INSTICC Press, 2018. p. 213-220.

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Schoenmakers H, Kusters RJ, Trienekens JJM. Factors that complicate the selection of software requirements: validating factors from literature in an empirical study. In Maciaszek L, van Sinderen M, editors, ICSOFT 2018: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Software Technologies - volume 1. INSTICC Press. 2018. p. 213-220. Available from, DOI: 10.5220/0006836702470254