Industrial practices on requirements reuse: An interview-based study
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[Context and motivation] Requirements reuse has been proposed asa key asset for requirements engineers to efficiently elicit, validate and document softwarer equirements and, as a consequence, obtain requirements specifications of better quality through more effective engineering processes.[Question/problem] Regardless the impact requirements reuse could have in software projects’ suc-cess and efficiency, the requirements engineering community has published veryfew studies reporting the way in which this activity is conducted in industry. [Principal ideas/results] In this paper, we present the results of an interview-based study involving 24 IT professionals on whether they reuse requirementsor not and how. Some kind of requirements reuse is carried out by the majorityof respondents, being organizational and project-related factors the main drivers.Quality requirements are the type most reused. The most common strategy isfind-copy-paste-adapt. Respondents agreed that requirements reuse is beneficial,especially for project-related reasons. The most stated challenge to overcome inrequirements reuse is related to the domain of the project and the development of acompletely new system. [Contribution] With this study, we contribute to the stateof the practice in the reuse of requirements by showing how real organizationscarry out this process and the factors that influence it.
CitationFranch, X.; Palomares, C.; Quer, C. Industrial practices on requirements reuse: An interview-based study. A: International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality. "Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality, 26th International Working Conference, REFSQ 2020: Pisa, Italy, March 24–27, 2020: proceedings". Berlín: Springer, 2020, p. 78-94. ISBN 978-3-030-44429-7. DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-44429-7_6.