Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering

Leticia Duboc, Stefanie Betz, Birgit Penzenstadler, Sedef Akinli Kocak, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Ola Leifler, Jari Porras, Norbert Seyff, Colin C. Venters

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Abstract

Integrating novel software systems in our society, economy, and environment can have far-reaching effects. As a result, software systems should be designed in such a way as to maintain or improve the sustainability of the sociotechnical system of their destination. However, a paradigm shift is required to raise awareness of software professionals on the potential sustainability effects of software systems. While Requirements Engineering is considered the key to driving this change, requirements engineers lack the knowledge, experience and methodological support for doing so. This paper presents a question-based framework for raising awareness of the potential effects of software systems on sustainability. A feasibility study of the framework use is carried out in two application cases with computer science students. The results indicate that the framework is helpful in enabling discussions between requirements engineers and other stakeholders, as well as for drawing insights on the potential chains-of-effects that software systems could have on sustainability.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publication27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
PublisherIEEE
Number of pages11
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 22 Jun 2019
Event27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference - Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 23 Sep 201928 Sep 2019
http://re19.ajou.ac.kr

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Conference27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleRE'19
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju Island
Period23/09/1928/09/19
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Duboc, L., Betz, S., Penzenstadler, B., Akinli Kocak, S., Chitchyan, R., Leifler, O., ... Venters, C. C. (Accepted/In press). Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering. In 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference IEEE.
Duboc, Leticia ; Betz, Stefanie ; Penzenstadler, Birgit ; Akinli Kocak, Sedef ; Chitchyan, Ruzanna ; Leifler, Ola ; Porras, Jari ; Seyff, Norbert ; Venters, Colin C. / Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering. 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference. IEEE, 2019.
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Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering. / Duboc, Leticia; Betz, Stefanie; Penzenstadler, Birgit; Akinli Kocak, Sedef; Chitchyan, Ruzanna; Leifler, Ola; Porras, Jari; Seyff, Norbert; Venters, Colin C.

27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference. IEEE, 2019.

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Duboc L, Betz S, Penzenstadler B, Akinli Kocak S, Chitchyan R, Leifler O et al. Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering. In 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference. IEEE. 2019