Proceedings of 1995 IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering (RE'95) (1995)
Mar. 27, 1995 to Mar. 29, 1995
C. Potts , Coll. of Comput., Georgia Inst. of Technol., Atlanta, GA, USA
The requirements engineering research and consulting communities are not serving the interests of software developers who build off-the-shelf application software. Most of our models and methods evolved with the aid of funding from organizations interested in obtaining unique systems under contract and in which there is a clear interface between "customer" and "developer". These origins have spawned many assumptions about what requirements are. Through several design scenarios I illustrate how these assumptions break down in the case of off-the-shelf software. I then suggest some alternative priorities that would address these shortcomings. My aim is to provoke and stimulate thought, not to propose a developed solution.
systems analysis; software engineering; DP industry; product development; development systems; imagined customer; invented requirements; requirements engineering; consulting communities; software developers; off-the-shelf application software; design scenarios
C. Potts, "Invented requirements and imagined customers: requirements engineering for off-the-shelf software," Proceedings of 1995 IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering (RE'95)(RE), York, England, 1995, pp. 128.