Participants Sought for 1805 Working Group

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 9 November, 2009 – Participants are being sought for a working group being organized to develop a standard for Requirements Capture Language (RCL). The standard, IEEE P1805, “Guide for Requirements Capture Language,” will help facilitate automatic software size calculation. It was approved by the IEEE Standards Association in September.

The group is looking for members who are interested in and knowledgeable about the development of new architecture and/or ontology. Individuals who can review and comment on the draft are particularly welcome. Contact Working Group Chair Anusheel Tandon at if you wish to participate or have questions.

RCL is a new concept that aims to provide an effective means of transferring business perspective to IT teams. When completed, the guide will apply to scenarios where IT requirements need to be captured for creating or maintaining a software-based system; swift, smooth, complete and clear business perspective transfer is needed between business groups and IT departments and/or IT services companies; and IT requirements need to be automatically sized after requirements capture is over, using Function Points sizing technique, thus, enabling agility in sizing and estimation processes at the start of the lifecycle.

RCL information will be presented in a tree-like structure, which will fit the needs of IT requirements better than any other systems currently in place.

IEEE P1805 is sponsored by the Software & Systems Engineering Standards Committee of the IEEE Computer Society. The full project authorization request is available at

The standard’s purpose is to:

  • Define a new language, RCL, for the IT Requirements capture
  • Enable autosizing of requirements after the capture is over, using the Function Point sizing technique
  • Show that the tree-structure-based requirements capture is a better fit for IT requirements capture
  • Standardize the tree structure to make it function-point compliant
  • Enable the capture of functional and nonfunctional requirements within the language structure
  • Enable system dynamics capture as events and logic elements within the tree itself
  • Enable swift impact analysis and quick and correct decisionmaking
  • Enable versioning of requirements as the capture progresses as a tree structure
  • Enable translation of RCL to other standards, such as UML diagrams, and
  • Ensure that the tree structure’s requirements are future-proofed so they can be easily enhanced to include the capture of requirements within a full enterprise.

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