On the Current Practices for Specifying Sustainability Requirements

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As sustainability becomes a fundamental concern in software development, it is important to understand how industry is addressing it. This paper discusses the results of a survey performed in industry aiming at identifying their current needs and practices to handle sustainability in agile software development. The survey includes an initial section to gather participants’ information, followed by a section inquiring about the impact of sustainability on their working environment, and which methods and tools are used. The enquired population is a small subset of the IT professionals in Portugal. The main findings include lack of methods, tools, knowledge and domain experts to support elicitation and specification of sustainability requirements. Still, the participants recognise that one of the main reasons to consider sustainability is for the improvement of product quality and for creating a good reputation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Challenges in Information Science - 16th International Conference, RCIS 2022, Proceedings
EditorsRenata Guizzardi, Jolita Ralyté, Xavier Franch
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-05760-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-05759-5
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event16th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, RCIS 2022 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 17 May 202220 May 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Volume446 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Conference16th International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science, RCIS 2022


  • Agile development
  • Survey
  • Sustainability requirements


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