Practical Relevance of Experiments in Comprehensibility of Requirements Specifications

Nelly Condori-Fernandez, Maia Daneva, Nicolaas Sikkel, Andrea Herrmann

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    Abstract

    Recently, the Requirements Engineering (RE) community has become increasingly aware of the importance of carrying out industry-relevant research. Researchers and practitioners should be able to evaluate the relevance of their empirical research to increase the likely adoption of RE methods in software industry. It is in this perspective that we evaluate 24 experimental studies on comprehensibility of software requirements specifications to determine their practical value. To that end a checklist based on Kitchenham’s approach was operationalized from a practitioner’s perspective and an analysis with respect to the main factors that affecting on comprehensibility was carried out. Although 100% of the papers reviewed reported statistically significant results, and 96% of them take examples from a real-life project. 80% of the papers do not scale to real life, 54% of the papers do not specify the context in which the results are expected to be useful. We also found that there is a lack of underlying theory in the formulation of comprehensibility questions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2011 First International Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering
    Place of PublicationUSA
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Pages21-28
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4577-1076-6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4577-1075-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2011
    EventFirst International Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering, EMPIRE 2011 - Trento, Italy
    Duration: 30 Aug 201130 Aug 2011
    Conference number: 1
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    PublisherIEEE Computer Society

    Workshop

    WorkshopFirst International Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering, EMPIRE 2011
    Abbreviated titleEmpiRE 2011
    CountryItaly
    CityTrento
    Period30/08/1130/08/11
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • METIS-278743
    • IR-77811
    • Comprehensibility
    • EWI-20390
    • Practioner’s checklist
    • Requirements specifications
    • SCS-Services
    • Experiments

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    Condori-Fernandez, N., Daneva, M., Sikkel, N., & Herrmann, A. (2011). Practical Relevance of Experiments in Comprehensibility of Requirements Specifications. In 2011 First International Workshop on Empirical Requirements Engineering (pp. 21-28). USA: IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/EmpiRE.2011.6046251