Effectiveness of elicitation techniques in distributed requirements engineering

Wesley James Lloyd, Mary Beth Rosson, James D. Arthur

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Software development teams are often geographically distributed from their customers and end users. This creates significant communication and coordination challenges that impact the effectiveness of requirements engineering. Travel costs, and the local availability of quality technical staff increase the demand for effective distributed software development teams. This research reports an empirical study of how groupware can be used to aid distributed requirements engineering for a software development project. Six groups of seven to nine members were formed and divided into separate remote groups of customers and engineers. The engineers conducted a requirements analysis and produced a software requirements specification (SRS) document through distributed interaction with the remote customers. We present results and conclusions from the research including: an analysis of factors that affected the quality of the software requirements specification document written at the conclusion of the requirements process and the effectiveness of requirements elicitation techniques which were used in a distributed setting for requirements gathering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE Joint International Conference on Requirements Engineering, RE 2002
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)0769514650
StatePublished - 2002
EventIEEE Joint International Conference on Requirements Engineering, RE 2002 - Essen, Germany
Duration: Sep 9 2002Sep 13 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering
ISSN (Print)1090-705X


OtherIEEE Joint International Conference on Requirements Engineering, RE 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management


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