Mind the Chasm: A UK Fisheye Lens View of Sustainable Software Engineering

Madeleine L. Gibson, Colin Venters, Leticia Duboc, Stefanie Betz, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Maria Palacin-Silva, Birgit Penzenstadler, Norbert Seyff

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Requirements that express the needs of all stakeholders and cover the key aspects of a software system (such as those addressing sustainability) are critical to the system’s successful development and adoption. For practitioners who want to develop sustainable software-intensive systems, it is also argued that software requirements are the key leverage point. But what do software developers know about broader sustainability and sustainability requirements in particular? As part of the University of Huddersfield’s ’Student as a Researcher’ initiative, this paper provides a FishEye Lens View on how novice software developers who design and develop software systems at software companies relate to the notions of sustainability and sustainability requirements. The study has found that although sustainability is valued highly by the novice software developers, the concept of sustainability and sustainability requirements are not fully understood. This lack of knowledge in the software industry and organizations must be addressed to enable delivery of truly sustainability enabling software systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Requirements for Sustainable Systems (RE4SuSy 2017)
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sep 2017
Event25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 4 Sep 20178 Sep 2017
Conference number: 25
http://re2017.org/pages/conference/workshops/ (Link to Conference Website)


Conference25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleRE4SuSy 2017
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