Efficiently deal with volatile and heterogenous requirements
The early stages of development of software-intensive systems – often simply labeled as Requirements Engineering (RE) - are a critical determinant for software quality. Many projects nevertheless still suffer from insufficient RE. One-third of software development errors are estimated to have their origin in RE and one-third of these errors are known to lead to project failures.
In a world pervaded by software, and where the majority of our daily routines are supported – if not dominated – by software-intensive systems, excellence in RE becomes key. While it’s common knowledge that various influences in industrial practices, surrounding development processes, and tools render standardization efforts of RE approaches cumbersome, much of today’s research in RE still relies on conventional and often purely academic knowledge that result in the recommendation of universal, one-size-fits- all approaches. Closing this gap between theory and practice is the high-level goal of Requirements Engineering field of competence where we strive to move from a traditional RE with universal solutions, to a next generation RE to accommodate the needs to today’s software development projects.
We concentrate on investigating practice-relevant RE research to reproducibly control and improve quality in a requirements engineering environment that is unpredictable, data-dominated, and user-centric. To this end, our research is driven by continuous experimentation, development, evaluation, and technology transfer.
Typical issues that we address include:
Our research activities place special emphasis on collaboration with the relevant industries and focuses on four larger (interrelated) thematic areas: