Understanding the Dynamics of Requirements Evolution: A Comparative Case Study of Groupware Implementation.

D.T. Pumareja, Nicolaas Sikkel, Roelf J. Wieringa

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    This paper presents a conceptual framework that seeks to explain the dynamics of requirements change and evolution. As an initial validation of the framework, it was used to analyze two contrasting cases of groupware implementation. The framework makes a distinction between, on the one hand, requirements as problem definition and as solution specification, and, on the other hand, business requirements and software requirements. This distinction yields four different requirement domains. Changes in requirements can be triggered by breakdowns in any of these domains or by technology-driven initiatives. Requirements evolution, then, is the resolution of these breakdowns and the enactment of initiatives. An increased understanding of the dynamics of requirements evolution can be beneficial for structuring and managing a groupware implementation project and, more importantly, software maintenance in the post-deployment phase of a system.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationInternational Workshop on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2004) In conjunction with CAiSE '04
    Place of PublicationEssen, Germany
    PublisherUniversity of Essen
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)3-922602-91-6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004
    Event10th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 2004 - Riga, Latvia
    Duration: 7 Jun 20048 Jun 2004
    Conference number: 10

    Publication series

    NameEssener Informatik Beiträge
    PublisherUniversity of Essen


    Workshop10th International Workshop on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality 2004
    Abbreviated titleREFSQ 2004
    Internet address


    • EWI-10487
    • METIS-221777
    • IR-64191
    • SCS-Services

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