Understanding what industry wants from requirements engineers

An exploration of RE jobs in Canada

Chong Wang, Pengwei Cui, Maya Daneva, Mohamad Hassan Kassab

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Background] Prior research on the professional occupation of Requirements Engineering (RE) in Europe and Latin America indicated incongruities between RE practice as perceived by industry and as in textbooks, and conducted detailed analysis of both RE and non-RE job aspects. Relatively little is published on the RE competencies and skills industry expects, and seldom investigated the application domains calling for RE professionals. [Aims] We felt motivated by those findings to carry out research on RE job posts in a North-American market. Especially, we focused solely on RE-specific tasks, competencies and skills, from the perspective of defined position categories. Plus, we intend to explore the application domains in need for RE professionals to reveal the wide range of RE roles in industry. [Methods] Coding process, analysis, and synthesis were applied to the textual descriptions of the 190 RE job ads from Canada?s most popular online job search site, especially to the text referring to tasks and competencies. [Results] We contribute to the empirical analysis of RE jobs, by providing insights from Canada?s IT market in 2017. Using 109 RE job ads from the most popular IT job search portal T-Net, we identified the qualifications, experience and skills demanded by Canadian employers. Furthermore, we explored the distribution of those RE tasks and competences over the 11 categories of RE roles. [Conclusions] Our results suggest that the majority of the employers were big to very big companies in 29 business domains, and the most in-demand RE skills for them were related to RE methods and to project management aspects affecting requirements. In addition, employers placed much more emphasis on experience ? both RE-specific and broad software engineering experience, than on higher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781450358231
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 11 2018
Event12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018 - Oulu, Finland
Duration: Oct 11 2018Oct 12 2018

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement
ISSN (Print)1949-3770
ISSN (Electronic)1949-3789

Conference

Conference12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018
CountryFinland
CityOulu
Period10/11/1810/12/18

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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Wang, C., Cui, P., Daneva, M., & Kassab, M. H. (2018). Understanding what industry wants from requirements engineers: An exploration of RE jobs in Canada. In Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018 [a41] (International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1145/3239235.3268916
Wang, Chong ; Cui, Pengwei ; Daneva, Maya ; Kassab, Mohamad Hassan. / Understanding what industry wants from requirements engineers : An exploration of RE jobs in Canada. Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018. IEEE Computer Society, 2018. (International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement).
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Wang, C, Cui, P, Daneva, M & Kassab, MH 2018, Understanding what industry wants from requirements engineers: An exploration of RE jobs in Canada. in Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018., a41, International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, IEEE Computer Society, 12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018, Oulu, Finland, 10/11/18. https://doi.org/10.1145/3239235.3268916

Understanding what industry wants from requirements engineers : An exploration of RE jobs in Canada. / Wang, Chong; Cui, Pengwei; Daneva, Maya; Kassab, Mohamad Hassan.

Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018. IEEE Computer Society, 2018. a41 (International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement).

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Wang C, Cui P, Daneva M, Kassab MH. Understanding what industry wants from requirements engineers: An exploration of RE jobs in Canada. In Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement, ESEM 2018. IEEE Computer Society. 2018. a41. (International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement). https://doi.org/10.1145/3239235.3268916