Crowd-Focused Semi-Automated Requirements Engineering for Evolution Towards Sustainability

Norbert Seyff, Stefanie Betz, Iris Groher, Melanie Stade, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Leticia Duboc, Birgit Penzenstadler, Colin C. Venters, Christoph Becker

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Continuous requirements elicitation is an essential aspect of software product evolution to keep systems aligned with changing user needs. However, current requirements engineering approaches do not explicitly address sustainability in the evolution of systems. Reasons include a lack of awareness and a lack of shared understanding of the concept of sustainability in the RE community. Identifying and analysing the effects of requirements regarding sustainability is challenging, as these effects can have an impact on multiple stakeholders and manifest themselves in one or more sustainability dimensions at different points in time. We argue that crowd-focused semi-automated requirements engineering allows the engagement of a large number of stakehold-ers (including users and domain experts) in a continuous cycle of negotiation regarding the potential effects of requirements on sustainability. Based on a motivating scenario, we introduce the idea of a platform for crowd-focused requirements engineering that supports the evolution towards sustainability. For the three key aspects of this platform, we present our ongoing work and discuss early results. We outline how the platform can be utilised to improve the broader awareness and understanding of sustainability, not only for the involved crowd but also for researchers and society in general.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 IEEE 26th International Requirements Engineering Conference
EditorsGuenther Ruhe, Walid Maalej, Daniel Amyot
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538674185
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-7419-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2018
Event26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference - Banff Centre, Banff, Canada
Duration: 20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018
Conference number: 26 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference26th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleRE'18
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