Research Findings on Empirical Evaluation of Requirements Specifications Approaches

Nelly Condori-Fernandez, Maia Daneva, Nicolaas Sikkel, Roel Wieringa, Oscar Dieste, Oscar Pastor

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    Numerous software requirements specification (SRS) approaches have been proposed in software engineering. However, there has been little empirical evaluation of the use of these approaches in specific contexts. This paper describes the results of a mapping study, a key instrument of the evidence-based paradigm, in an effort to understand what aspects of SRS are evaluated, in which context, and by using which research method. On the basis of 46 identified and categorized primary studies, we found that understandability is the most commonly evaluated aspect of SRS, experiments are the most commonly used research method, and the academic environment is where most empirical evaluation takes place.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication12th Workshop on Requirements Engineering
    EditorsC. Ayala, C. Silva, H. Astudillo
    Place of PublicationChile
    PublisherValparaiso University Press
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-956-319-941-3
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2009
    Event12th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference: Requirements for Innovation in a Changing World - Kyoto, Japan
    Duration: 6 Sept 200410 Sept 2004
    Conference number: 12


    Conference12th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
    Abbreviated titleRE
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    • Mapping Study
    • Requirements specifications
    • SCS-Services


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