Do we Really Know What we are Building? Raising Awareness of Potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering
Paper i proceeding, 2020

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 po- tential 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.

re- quirements engineering


socio-technical systems



Leticia Duboc

Stefanie Betz

Birgit Penzenstadler

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering, Software Engineering for Cyber Physical Systems

Sedef Akinli Kocak

Ruzanna Chitchyan

Ola Leifler

Jari Porras

Norbert Seyff

Colin C. Venters

2019 IEEE 27th International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE)

19232414 (ISSN)

2019 IEEE 27th International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE)
Jeju, South Korea,


Informations- och kommunikationsteknik


Hållbar utveckling




Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning



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