How do Practitioners Perceive the Relevance of Requirements Engineering Research? An Ongoing Study
Paper in proceedings, 2017

The relevance of Requirements Engineering (RE) research to practitioners is a prerequisite for problem-driven research in the area and key for a long-term dissemination of research results to everyday practice. To understand better how industry practitioners perceive the practical relevance of RE research, we have initiated the RE-Pract project, an international collaboration conducting an empirical study. This project opts for a replication of previous work done in two different domains and relies on survey research. To this end, we have designed a survey to be sent to several hundred industry practitioners at various companies around the world and ask them to rate their perceived practical relevance of the research described in a sample of 418 RE papers published between 2010 and 2015 at the RE, ICSE, FSE, ESEC/FSE, ESEM and REFSQ conferences. In this paper, we summarize our research protocol and present the current status of our study and the planned future steps.

Empirical Study


Online Questionnaire

Requirements Engineering


Xavier Franch

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Daniel Mendez Fernandez

Technical University of Munich

Marc Oriol

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Andreas Vogelsang

Technische Universität Berlin

Rogardt Heldal

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Eric Knauss

University of Gothenburg

Guilherme Horta Travassos

National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq)

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Jeffrey C. Carver

University of Alabama

Oscar Dieste

Technical University of Madrid

Thomas Zimmermann

Microsoft Research


2332-6441 (ISSN)


25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE)
Lisbon, Portugal,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Software Engineering



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