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Listen, Then Use EARS
March-April 2012 (vol. 29 no. 2)
pp. 17-18
Alistair Mavin, Rolls-Royce
Applying the Easy Approach to Requirements Syntax (EARS) template can result in a simple, clear requirement. However, to be able to write a simple statement, you must first understand what you want the system to do, which might be difficult. The simplicity of the EARS templates prevents engineers from hiding behind ambiguous statements of what the system must do.

1. A. Mavin et al., "Easy Approach to Requirements Syntax (EARS)," Proc. 17th Int'l Requirements Eng. Conf. (RE 09), IEEE CS, 2009, pp. 317–322.
2. A. Mavin and P. Wilkinson, "Big EARS (The Return of 'Easy Approach to Requirements Syntax')," Proc. 18th Int'l Requirements Eng. Conf. (RE 10), IEEE CS, 2010, pp. 277–282.

Index Terms:
easy approach to requirements syntax, ears, template, requirements, software engineering, developers, development, notation, natural language
Citation:
Alistair Mavin, "Listen, Then Use EARS," IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 17-18, March-April 2012, doi:10.1109/MS.2012.36
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