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 socio-technical 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, as the first step towards enabling the required paradigm shift. A feasibility study of the framework was carried out with two groups of computer science students. The results of the study indicate that the framework helps enable discussions about potential effects that software systems could have on sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
EditorsDaniela Damian, Anna Perini, Seok-Won Lee
PublisherIEEE
Pages6-16
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781728139128
ISBN (Print)9781728139135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2019
Event27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference - Ramada Plaza Jeju Hotel, Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 23 Sep 201927 Sep 2019
Conference number: 27
http://re19.ajou.ac.kr

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering
Volume2019-September
ISSN (Print)1090-705X
ISSN (Electronic)2332-6441

Conference

Conference27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleRE 2019
CountryKorea, Republic of
CityJeju Island
Period23/09/1927/09/19
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Duboc, L., Betz, S., Penzenstadler, B., Akinli Kocak, S., Chitchyan, R., Leifler, O., ... Venters, C. C. (2019). Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering. In D. Damian, A. Perini, & S-W. Lee (Eds.), 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (pp. 6-16). [8920518] (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering; Vol. 2019-September). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/RE.2019.00013
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. editor / Daniela Damian ; Anna Perini ; Seok-Won Lee. IEEE, 2019. pp. 6-16 (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering).
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Duboc, L, Betz, S, Penzenstadler, B, Akinli Kocak, S, Chitchyan, R, Leifler, O, Porras, J, Seyff, N & Venters, CC 2019, Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering. in D Damian, A Perini & S-W Lee (eds), 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference., 8920518, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering, vol. 2019-September, IEEE, pp. 6-16, 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, Jeju Island, Korea, Republic of, 23/09/19. https://doi.org/10.1109/RE.2019.00013

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. ed. / Daniela Damian; Anna Perini; Seok-Won Lee. IEEE, 2019. p. 6-16 8920518 (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering; Vol. 2019-September).

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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 Damian D, Perini A, Lee S-W, editors, 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference. IEEE. 2019. p. 6-16. 8920518. (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering). https://doi.org/10.1109/RE.2019.00013