Understanding requirements engineering process: a challenge for practice and education
Nguyen, Lemai, Armarego, Jocelyn and Swatman, Paul 2005, Understanding requirements engineering process: a challenge for practice and education, in Internet and information technology in modern organizations: challenges & answers: proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Conference, International Business Information Management Association, Cairo, Egypt, pp. 886-894.
Internet and information technology in modern organizations: challenges & answers: proceedings of the 5th International Business Information Management Conference
Soliman, Khalid S.
International Business Information Management Association Conference
International Business Information Management Association
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Reviews of the state of the professional practice in Requirements Engineering (RE) stress that the RE process is both complex and hard to describe, and suggest there is a significant difference between competent and "approved" practice. "Approved" practice is reflected by (in all likelihood, in fact, has its genesis in) RE education, so that the knowledge and skills taught to students do not match the knowledge and skills required and applied by competent practitioners.
A new understanding of the RE process has emerged from our recent study. RE is revealed as inherently creative, involving cycles of building and major reconstruction of the models developed, significantly different from the systematic and smoothly incremental process generally described in the literature. The process is better characterised as highly creative, opportunistic and insight driven. This mismatch between approved and actual practice provides a challenge to RE education - RE requires insight and creativity as well as technical knowledge. Traditional learning models applied to RE focus, however, on notation and prescribed processes acquired through repetition. We argue that traditional learning models fail to support the learning required for RE and propose both a new model based on cognitive flexibility and a framework for RE education to support this model.
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080608 Information Systems Development Methodologies