Methodologies of requirements engineering research and practice: position statement

V Gervasi (Editor), Roelf J. Wieringa, D. Zowghi (Editor), S. Easterbrook (Editor), S.E. Sim (Editor)

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    Abstract

    In this position paper I argue that RE practice is the problem analysis part of a design problem, and that this problem analysis part is a knowledge problem in which the requirements engineer tries to build a theory of a problem domain. RE research is a knowledge problem too, in which the researcher tries to build partial theories of a class of domains. In both cases, models can help to find theories, because models are entities that are more accessible, or more understandable, than their subjects and therefore help to find a theory of their subject. I compare a number of concepts closely related to that of a model, including that of paradigm, benchmark and exemplar. Finally, I argue that the evaluation of RE theories, at whatever level, is not different from the evaluation of any other theory: They should be repeatably and intersubjectively true.
    Original languageUndefined
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2003
    EventFirst International Workshop on Comparative Evaluation in Requirements Engineering, CERE 2003 - Monterey Bay, United States
    Duration: 8 Sep 20038 Sep 2003
    Conference number: 1
    http://www.di.unipi.it/CERE03/

    Workshop

    WorkshopFirst International Workshop on Comparative Evaluation in Requirements Engineering, CERE 2003
    Abbreviated titleRE
    CountryUnited States
    CityMonterey Bay
    Period8/09/038/09/03
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    Keywords

    • IR-64199
    • EWI-10509
    • SCS-Services
    • IS-Design science methodology

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