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2012 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE)
How do software architects consider non-functional requirements: An exploratory study
Chicago, IL, USA USA
September 24-September 28
ISBN: 978-1-4673-2783-1
David Ameller, Software Engineering for Information Systems Group, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (GESSI-UPC), Barcelona, Spain
Claudia Ayala, Software Engineering for Information Systems Group, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (GESSI-UPC), Barcelona, Spain
Jordi Cabot, AtlanMod, INRIA - École des Mines de Nantes, Nantes, France
Xavier Franch, Software Engineering for Information Systems Group, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (GESSI-UPC), Barcelona, Spain
Dealing with non-functional requirements (NFRs) has posed a challenge onto software engineers for many years. Over the years, many methods and techniques have been proposed to improve their elicitation, documentation, and validation. Knowing more about the state of the practice on these topics may benefit both practitioners' and researchers' daily work. A few empirical studies have been conducted in the past, but none under the perspective of software architects, in spite of the great influence that NFRs have on daily architects' practices. This paper presents some of the findings of an empirical study based on 13 interviews with software architects. It addresses questions such as: who decides the NFRs, what types of NFRs matter to architects, how are NFRs documented, and how are NFRs validated. The results are contextualized with existing previous work.
Index Terms:
Empirical Study,Non-functional Requirement,NFR,Quality Requirement,Software Architect,Architectural Decision
Citation:
David Ameller, Claudia Ayala, Jordi Cabot, Xavier Franch, "How do software architects consider non-functional requirements: An exploratory study," re, pp.41-50, 2012 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE), 2012
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