A requirements engineering framework for software startup companies

Sudhaman Parthasarathy, Maya Daneva

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Requirements engineering (RE) for startups has only recently become an area of intense exploration. This paper provides results of a qualitative study with 45 practitioners from four startup companies in four countries. This research was planned and executed using the design science research (DSR) methodology and yielded a descriptive framework that was subjected to a first evaluation in empirical settings. The authors found that practitioners in startups deploy rapid prototyping practices and user feedback but in a different way than the agile methods assume. This research concludes with discussion on validity threats and some implications for practice and research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-94
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of database management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2021


  • Design science
  • Qualitative study
  • Requirements Engineering (RE)
  • Software development
  • Startups
  • NLA


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