Towards a model about quality of software requirements specification in agile projects

Juliana Medeiros, Miguel Goulão, Alexandre Vasconcelos, Carla Silva

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Abstract

The quality of Software Requirements Specifications (SRS) is important to gain a competitive advantage in the software industry. Although the use of agile methods has grown in recent years, empirical studies conducted in industry identified several problems related to SRS in the context of agile projects. The goal of this study is to investigate the phenomenon of the quality of SRS in Agile Software Development (ASD) and build an explanatory model about it. We use a mixed method research strategy for creating a rich description of the factors that affect the quality of SRS in ASD. First, we conducted a systematic mapping study, then we performed a cross-case analysis of two software organizations: One small private organization and a large public organization. We built an initial model from this analysis. The findings were that SRS in agile projects should be directed to the development team, so it should be close to what will be implemented. The fragmentation of the description of the requirements in various artifacts and excessive detail were considered factors that compromise the quality of the SRS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2016 10th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology, QUATIC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages236-241
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-3581-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2017
Event10th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology, QUATIC 2016 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 6 Sep 20169 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology, QUATIC 2016
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period6/09/169/09/16

Keywords

  • Agile Methods
  • Empirical Study
  • Quality Factor
  • Requirements Specification

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    Medeiros, J., Goulão, M., Vasconcelos, A., & Silva, C. (2017). Towards a model about quality of software requirements specification in agile projects. In Proceedings - 2016 10th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology, QUATIC 2016 (pp. 236-241). [7814555] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/QUATIC.2016.058