Quality requirements in large-scale distributed agile projects - A systematic literature review

W. Alsaqaf, M. Daneva, R. Wieringa

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    Abstract

    Context and Motivation: Agile development methods have become increasingly popular in the last years. However, these methods hardly pay attention to quality requirements (QRs), which could undermine the profits of fast delivery by introducing high rework efforts later on. This risk is high especially in agile large-scale distributed settings.

    Question/problem: Although several publications reported on the insufficient attention to quality requirements in agile methods, still little is known about agile requirements engineering practices and their impact on quality requirements in large-scale distributed settings. However, companies increasingly use agile methods in those settings, where the negative impact of ignoring quality requirements is large. Hence, the goal of this study is to identify the challenges in the engineering of quality requirements in large-scale distributed agile projects that have been researched so far, the agile practices that have contributed to the emergence of these challenges, and the proposed solutions.

    Principle ideas/results: Following an evidence-based research method, we examined 60 papers on quality requirements in agile. We found that, while there are multiple proposals to engineer quality requirements in agile, none of those has been tried out in real-life settings. Evaluating scalability of these proposals, therefore, is a priority for future research.

    Contribution: This paper identified 12 challenges in agile projects that harm the quality requirements. Besides, we identified and evaluated 13 proposals for dealing with quality requirements in agile projects, along with implications for practice and research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRequirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality
    Subtitle of host publication23rd International Working Conference, REFSQ 2017, Essen, Germany, February 27 – March 2, 2017, Proceedings
    EditorsPaul Grünbacher, Anna Perini
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages219-234
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-54045-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-54044-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event23rd International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 2017 - Essen, Germany
    Duration: 27 Feb 20172 Mar 2017
    Conference number: 23
    https://refsq.org/2017/welcome/

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume10153
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

    Conference

    Conference23rd International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 2017
    Abbreviated titleREFSQ 2017
    CountryGermany
    CityEssen
    Period27/02/172/03/17
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    Alsaqaf, W., Daneva, M., & Wieringa, R. (2017). Quality requirements in large-scale distributed agile projects - A systematic literature review. In P. Grünbacher, & A. Perini (Eds.), Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality: 23rd International Working Conference, REFSQ 2017, Essen, Germany, February 27 – March 2, 2017, Proceedings (pp. 219-234 ). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 10153). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54045-0_17