Proceedings Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering (2001)
Aug. 27, 2001 to Aug. 31, 2001
Barbara Farbey , University College London
Anthony Finkelstein , University College London
Abstract: This paper argues that there are new insights to be gained from a strategic analysis of requirements engineering. The paper is motivated by a simple question: what does it take to be a world class software acquirer? The question has relevance for requirements engineers because for many organizations market pressures mean that software is commonly acquired rather than developed from scratch. This paper builds on the work of Fine  who suggests that product, process and supply chain should be designed together-3D concurrent engineering. Using a number of reference theories it proposes a systematic way of carrying out 3-D concurrent engineering. The paper concludes that the critical activity in supply chain design is the design of the distribution of skills and the nature of contracts.
B. Farbey and A. Finkelstein, "Software Acquisition: A Business Strategy Analysis," Proceedings Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering(RE), Toronto, Canada, 2001, pp. 0076.