Challenges in aligning requirements engineering and verification in a large-scale industrial context

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding


[Context and motivation] When developing software, coordination
between different organizational units is essential in order to develop a good
quality product, on time and within budget. Particularly, the synchronization
between requirements and verification processes is crucial in order to assure
that the developed software product satisfies customer requirements.
[Question/problem] Our research question is: what are the current challenges
in aligning the requirements and verification processes? [Principal
ideas/results] We conducted an interview study at a large software
development company. This paper presents preliminary findings of these
interviews that identify key challenges in aligning requirements and verification
processes. [Contribution] The result of this study includes a range of
challenges faced by the studied organization grouped into the categories:
organization and processes, people, tools, requirements process, testing process,
change management, traceability, and measurement. The findings of this study
can be used by practitioners as a basis for investigating alignment in their
organizations, and by scientists in developing approaches for more efficient and
effective management of the alignment between requirements and verification.


External organisations
  • Blekinge Institute of Technology
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Computer Science


  • software verification, requirements engineering, software testing, coordination.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRequirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality /Lecture Notes in Computer Science
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-14191-1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch
Event16th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2010) - Essen, Germany
Duration: 2010 Jun 30 → …

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2010)
Period2010/06/30 → …

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