On the Pragmatics of Requirements Engineering Practices in a Startup Ecosystem

Carina Alves, João Cunha, João Araujo

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Abstract

Software startups play an important role to foster innovation, economic growth, and job creation in a region. Startups are likely to increase their odds of thriving if they are embedded in a startup ecosystem. Actors of an ecosystem cocreate value, share resources, and support the prosperous evolution of peers. In recent years, software startups have been the focus of intensive research by the software engineering community. In this paper, we conducted a tertiary study to synthesise literature in the field of requirements engineering in startups. We concluded that there are limited empirical studies reporting an in-depth contextual analysis on how software startups perform requirements engineering. In parallel, we conducted a case study of startups based at Digital Port ecosystem. Our empirical results confirm what has been presented by literature that startups adopt requirements practices in a flexible and informal manner. In fact, as novel empirical evidence, we observed that even as startups evolve by acquiring the first paying customers and growing the customer base, requirements practices remain very pragmatic. Our results also reveal how actors of the studied ecosystem interact to support the co-evolution of startups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 28th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2020
EditorsTravis Breaux, Andrea Zisman, Samuel Fricker, Martin Glinz
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Pages311-321
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781728174389
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
Event28th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2020 - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 31 Aug 20204 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press
Volume2020-August
ISSN (Print)1090-705X
ISSN (Electronic)2332-6441

Conference

Conference28th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2020
CountrySwitzerland
CityZurich
Period31/08/204/09/20

Keywords

  • Case Study
  • Requirements Practices
  • Startup Ecosystem

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