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Issue No. 02 - March-April (2013 vol. 30)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 38-45
Lianping Chen , University of Limerick and Paddy Power PLC
Muhammad Ali Babar , Lancaster University and IT University of Copenhagen
Bashar Nuseibeh , University of Limerick and The Open University
This article presents a framework for characterizing architecturally significant requirements (ASRs) on the basis of an empirical study using grounded theory. The study involved interviews with 90 practitioners with an accumulated 1,448 years of software development experiences in more than 500 organizations of various sizes and domains. These findings could provide researchers with a framework for discussing and conducting further research on ASRs and can inform researchers' development of technologies for dealing with ASRs. The findings also enrich understanding of requirements and architecture interactions, allowing the twin peaks to move from aspiration to reality.
Software, Computer architecture, Software architecture, Organizations, Interviews, Electronic mail, ASR, requirements, specifications, software engineering, software architectures, architecturally significant requirements, nonfunctional requirements, quality attributes, grounded theory, empirical study

M. Ali Babar, L. Chen and B. Nuseibeh, "Characterizing Architecturally Significant Requirements," in IEEE Software, vol. 30, no. , pp. 38-45, 2013.
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