Status Quo in Requirements Engineering: A Theory and a Global Family of Surveys
Paper i proceeding, 2020

While researchers have been investigating the Requirements Engineering (RE) discipline with a plethora of empirical studies, attempts to systematically derive an empirical theory in context of the RE discipline have just recently been started. We aim at providing an empirical and externally valid foundation for a theory of RE practice, which helps software engineers establish effective and efficient RE processes in a problem-driven manner. We designed a survey instrument and an engineer-focused theory that has been conducted in 10 countries. We have a theory in the form of a set of propositions inferred from our experiences and available studies, as well as the results from our pilot study in Germany. We evaluate the propositions with bootstrapped confidence intervals and derive potential explanations for the propositions.

Requirements Engineering




Stefan Wagner

Universität Stuttgart

D. M. Fernandez

Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, BTH

Michael Felderer

University of Innsbruck

Antonio Vetrò

Politecnico di Torino

Marcos Kalinowski

Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro

Roel Wieringa

Universiteit Twente

Dietmar Pfahl

Tartu Ülikool

Tayana Conte

Universidade Federal do Amazonas

Marie Therese Christiansson

Karlstads universitet

Desmond Greer

Queen's University Belfast

Casper Lassenius


Tomi Männistö

Helsingin Yliopisto

Maleknaz Nayebi

York University

M. Oivo

Oulun Yliopisto

Birgit Penzenstadler

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering, Software Engineering for Testing, Requirements, Innovation and Psychology

Rafael Prikladnicki

Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul

Guenther Ruhe

University of Calgary

André Schekelmann

Hochschule Niederrhein

Sagar Sen


Rodrigo Spínola

Universidad de El Salvador

Ahmed Tuzcu

ZEB/Rolfes.Schierenbeck.Associates GmbH

Jose Luis de la Vara

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Dietmar Winkler

Technische Universität Wien

Lecture Notes in Informatics

1617-5468 (ISSN)

Vol. P-310 115-116
9783885797043 (ISBN)

Fachtagung des GI-Fachbereichs Softwaretechnik, Software Engineering 2021 - Conference of the GI Software Engineering Section, SE 2021
Braunschweig, Germany,


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