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Software Requirements Talk is the podcast version of IEEE Software magazine's Requirements department, helmed by Jane Cleland-Huang. Each issue, Jane will read what appeared in print for your listening pleasure.

About Jane Cleland-Huang

Jane Cleland-Huang is an associate professor at DePaul University in Chicago as well as North American director for the Center of Excellence in Software Traceability. Her research work includes a focus on collaborative requirements engineering processes and software traceability. She has an impressive track record of research publications, and her work has earned her five distinguished-paper awards at highly ranked conferences. She coauthored a paper that was selected as a "top pick" for IEEE Software's 25th anniversary.

As editor of the Requirements column, Jane aims to make requirements and their importance more widely understood by developers, business people, and management. Understanding comes from knowing what requirements means to you and why you should care about it. Jane and her guest columnists will write about their different perspectives on requirements, and explore new areas of software engineering where requirements matter. The focus is on practical and accessible ideas.

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Caring: An Undiscovered "Super -ility" of Smart Healthcare

Author Phillip Laplante provides an audio recording of the Requirements column he cowrote with Nancy Laplante and Jeffrey Voas, in which they discuss how smart healthcare needs to take into account the human factor of caring. From IEEE Software's November/December 2016 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/06/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Monitoring Requirements in Systems of Systems

Author Michael Vierhauser provides an audio recording of the Requirements column that he cowrote with Rick Rabiser and Paul Grünbacher, in which they discuss how engineers can use the ReMinds tool to address the challenges encountered when developing systems of systems. From IEEE Software's September/October 2016 issue: www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/05/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: www.computer.org/software.

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Requirements and Architectures for Secure Vehicles

Author Michael W. Whalen provides an audio recording of the Requirements column that he cowrote with Darren Cofer and Andrew Gacek, in which they discuss how researchers in the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems project discovered that careful attention to requirements and system architecture, along with formally verified approaches that remove known security weaknesses, can lead to vehicles that can withstand attacks from even sophisticated attackers with access to vehicle design data. From IEEE Software's July/August 2016 issue: www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/04/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: www.computer.org/software.

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Keeping Ahead of Our Adversaries

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, in which she discusses how building a secure system requires proactive, rigorous analysis of the threats to which it might be exposed, followed by systematic transformation of those threats into security-related requirements. These requirements can then be tracked throughout the development life cycle. From IEEE Software's May/June 2016 issue: www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/03/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: www.computer.org/software.

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Thinking about Quoins: Strategic Traceability of Architecturally Significant Requirements

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of her Requirements column, in which she discusses how requirements engineers can keep developers informed of underlying architectural decisions and help preserve code quality during change maintenance.

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Requirements Engineering’s Next Top Model

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of her Requirements column, in which she discusses how a game-show environment at the 2013 European Software Engineering Conference let a panel competitively explore the use of various requirements modeling techniques for specifying a complex problem.

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Technology Transfer in Requirements Engineering

Requirements column editor Jane Cleland-Huang speaks with Tony Gorschek, a professor of software engineering at the Blekinge Institute of Technology with more than 10 years of experience as a CTO, senior executive consultant, engineer, chief architect, and product manager, about technology transfer in the requirements engineering field.

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Don’t Fire the Architect! Where Were the Requirements?

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of her Requirements column, in which she discusses the Healthcare.gov debacle of 2013 and how it led many to wonder if a better understanding of the project’s requirements could have lessened the impact of the failed launch.

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Beyond Anecdotal Thinking: Deepening Our Understanding for Achieving Quality Goals

Author Jane Cleland-Huang speaks with coauthor Mamoun Hirzalla from the Requirements column, in which they discuss the importance of challenging ideas, questioning beliefs, and understanding how various development practices and technical decisions can help or hinder the achievement of development goals.

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Privacy Requirements in an Age of Increased Sharing

Author Travis Breaux provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, in which he discusses the increasing importance of privacy in emerging software ecosystems, legal and standards compliance, and software design practice.

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Requirements in a Global World

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, coauthored with Paula Laurent, in which she discusses how the challenges of eliciting requirements in global projects can be addressed through deliberate upfront planning processes that take into consideration people, technology, meeting locations, communication, workflow processes, and documentation needs.

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Toward Meaningful Industrial Academic Partnerships

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of the Requirements column in which she discusses the Ready-Set-Transfer panel at the 2014 IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference.

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Stakeholders on the Prowl

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, in which she discusses how working with diverse stakeholders is a fact of life for any requirements engineer and learning to bring out the best in each of them is an art acquired over time. From IEEE Software's March/April 2016 issue: www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/02/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: www.computer.org/software.

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Mining Domain Knowledge

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, in which she discusses how basic data-mining skills can be useful for processing domain documents early during requirements engineering. From IEEE Software's May/June 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2015/03/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Injecting Value-Thinking into Prioritization Decisions

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, in which she discusses an approach that injects value-thinking into feature prioritization by using story mapping. From IEEE Software's March/April 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2015/02/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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From Raw Project Data to Business Intelligence

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, in which she discusses how VTML (Visual Trace Modeling Language) empowers project stakeholders to issue useful queries. From IEEE Software's July/August 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2015/04/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Sustainability and Requirements: A Manifesto

Author Birgit Penzenstadler provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, in which she discusses how the "Karlskrona Manifesto on Sustainability Design" is a call for discussion and action on the challenge of sustainability and its relation to software engineering. The manifesto aims to create common ground and develop a reference point for the global community of research and practice in software and sustainability. From IEEE Software's September/October 2015 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2015/05/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Requirements That Reflect Social Responsibility

Author Jane Cleland-Huang provides an audio recording of the Requirements column, in which she discusses how a few simple steps can help app developers think through potential harm, identify mitigating requirements, and ensure that the products they develop maximize good and minimize harm. From IEEE Software's January/February 2016 issue: http://www.computer.org/csdl/mags/so/2016/01/index.html. Visit IEEE Software: http://www.computer.org/software.

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Meet Elaine: A Persona-Driven Approach to Exploring Architecturally Significant Requirements

Author Jane Cleland-Huang discusses how architecturally-savvy personas provide a tangible approach for capturing performance, reliability, security, and other quality goals and for reasoning about their impact on system design.

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The Inhibited Analyst

Requirements analysts need to be more inquisitive and know why people want things as well as what happens beforehand. This requires them to become less inhibited and keep asking questions until they and their stakeholders are satisfied with the answers.

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