Assessing requirements engineering and software test alignment - Five case studies

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title = "Assessing requirements engineering and software test alignment - Five case studies",
abstract = "The development of large, software-intensive systems is a complex undertaking that we generally tackle by a divide and conquer strategy. Companies thereby face the challenge of coordinating individual aspects of software development, in particular between requirements engineering (RE) and software testing (ST). A lack of REST alignment can not only lead to wasted effort but also to defective software. However, before a company can improve the mechanisms of coordination they need to be understood first. With REST-bench we aim at providing an assessment tool that illustrates the coordination in software development projects and identify concrete improvement opportunities. We have developed REST-bench on the sound fundamentals of a taxonomy on REST alignment methods and validated the method in five case studies. Following the principles of technical action research, we collaborated with five companies, applying REST-bench and iteratively improving the method based on the lessons we learned. We applied REST-bench both in Agile and plan-driven environments, in projects lasting from weeks to years, and staffed as large as 1000 employees. The improvement opportunities we identified and the feedback we received indicate that the assessment was effective and efficient. Furthermore, participants confirmed that their understanding on the coordination between RE and ST improved.",
keywords = "Coordination, Requirements engineering, Software testing",
author = "Michael Unterkalmsteiner and Tony Gorschek and Robert Feldt and Eriks Klotins",
year = "2015",
month = jan,
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.jss.2015.07.018",
language = "English",
volume = "109",
pages = "62--77",
journal = "Journal of Systems and Software",
issn = "0164-1212",
publisher = "Elsevier",