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“Context Canvas allows users with different backgrounds and education levels to quickly get an overview of the intended system.”Oliver Stypa in The Context-Canvas
“Constraints are a powerful concept that allowed us to create concise models that are lean, easy to read and well-suited for testing.”Michael Jastram in Modeling Requirements with Constraints
“There is a good reason why in the agile world the priority is expressed by ranking in the backlog but not in the requirement’s description.”Karol Frühauf in Sharing My Doubts on Shall / Should / Will etc.
The Requirements Engineering Magazine is an independent online magazine, published every four months by IREB.
The Requirements Engineering Magazine shall serve as a platform for the active exchange of professionals on Requirements Engineering (RE). It is cost free in order to motivate as many professionals as possible to read the articles and thus give them the opportunity to expand their range of knowledge. Articles around the RE-topic are contributed by international professionals from the fields of BA and RE. Everybody is welcome to submit articles, may she/he be IREB member or not!
As the Requirements Engineering Magazine provides a global platform for the active exchange on RE, the articles solely reflect the authors’ viewpoints and do not necessarily express the opinion of the IREB; some articles might not represent the official position of IREB.
Is Requirements Engineering a profession? Is it a job title, a role or just a collection of techniques and methods? Asking the community will provide as many answers as the number of people you talk to.
In the lead article Andrea Herrmann and Marcel Weber present what they found out about that question during a series of studies on job offers.
Agile approaches have a big impact on the way software is developed today. This leads to great deal of discussion as to how RE is applied in Agile projects as well in other fields, e.g. in operations. DevOps is an approach to adopt ideas from Agile and Lean in operations. In his article Albert Tort presents an approach for how to use requirements to support quality assurance in such a context.
Abstraction is an important task to reduce complexity and facilitate discussion with non-technical people. This issue offers you two articles which address this topic from different perspectives. Oliver Stypa and Sebastian Schlaus present The Context-Canvas, a simple mapping tool to support communication right from conception. Michael Jastram and Andreas Kara describe an approach to effectively reduce the size of activity diagrams by using constraints.
Marie Garnier and Patrick Saint-Dizier report the results from a project where they analyzed errors in requirements specifications written in English by non-native speakers. They present the most efficient ways to help requirements engineers to avoid language errors. This project has been supported within the IREB Academy Program and we are very happy that we can present concrete results in the RE Magazine.
In issue 2016-02 we had for the first time a commentary in which Karol Frühauf has shared his doubts on acceptance criteria. We aimed to be a bit provocative in order to initiate discussions between readers and authors – and guess what, it worked! In this issue Karol shares more of his doubts on the usage of “Shall / Should / Will” when writing requirements. We are looking forward to your comments!
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