Understanding the soft skills that industry wants from requirements engineers: A focus group study

Maya Daneva, Chong Wang, Andrea Herrmann, Nelly Condori-Fernandez

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    [Context/Motivation] Research on the professional occupation of Requirements Engineering (RE) in Europe and Latin America indicated soft skills are the very important when companies search for specialists to employ. A very long list of soft skills came out as a result of prior research, with proficiency in English being the Number One skill. [Question/problem] To what extent however are these skills deemed critical in doing RE, and also in making hiring decisions in RE, and why? Which skills are to be ranked higher in regard to hiring decision, and which - lower? We want to compare results based on analyses of job ads with practitioners' perceptions in real-life organizations. [Principal ideas/results] This live study proposal includes two focus groups with REFSQ practitioners from industry, to understand the soft skills perceived by practitioners as the most important. Each focus group is planned to include 6 to 8 persons. Then, we will use coding as the data analysis technique. [Expected Contribution] The study is confirmatory in nature. It is expected to reveal an overlap and possible discrepancies between published analyses of job ads, and real-life experiences of practitioners in organizations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numberLS_paper1
    Number of pages10
    JournalCEUR workshop proceedings
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2018
    Event24th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality, REFSQ 2018 - Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
    Duration: 19 Mar 201822 Mar 2018
    Conference number: 24


    • Confirmatory study
    • Job ad
    • RE career
    • RE job market
    • Requirements engineer
    • Requirements engineering practice

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