Challenges of aligning requirements engineering and system testing in large-scale agile: A multiple case study
Paper i proceeding, 2017

As agile methods become more pervasive, agile practices are applied to more large-scale systems with a scope that goes beyond pure software. The expansion of agile in these contexts provides benefits, but creates new challenges. Widespread use of agile has changed the way we must think about practices both in Requirements Engineering (RE) and in System Testing (ST). Our experience shows that many challenges in the application of large-scale agile development relate to either RE or ST, and in particular to the alignment between these areas. In this paper we present large-scale agile-related challenges from a multiple case study which relate to REST alignment. We map our challenges to an existing framework for REST alignment, and make an initial attempt to suggest agile RE practices from the literature which may alleviate these challenges. Our results show that the interviewed companies need to first adopt more agile RE practices to enhance REST alignment and then leverage agile testing. Future work will look more towards evaluating these best practices.

Large-scale agile system development

System testing alignment

Requirements engineering


Francisco Gomes

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

Jennifer Horkoff

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

Eric Knauss

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering


Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik

Grischa Liebel

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering

25th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference Workshops, REW 2017; Lisbon; Portugal; 4 - 8 September 2017

315-322 8054871
978-153863488-2 (ISBN)


Informations- och kommunikationsteknik


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