Social and Technological Issues in Requirements Engineering

Social and Technological Issues in Requirements Engineering

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The most difficult phase of a typical large-scale software project is establishing which properties the system must have to succeed in the environment in which it will be used. This phase of requirement capture is often the least understood, yet it is the most critical phase of software development. Errors made in this phase are often the most expensive to correct and the hardest to detect. Requirements Engineering: Social and Technical Issues focuses on the relationship between social and technical issues in requirements engineering. The text presents a number of representative positions in recent debates on this issue, ranging fromclassical approaches to those that are more innovative. The book's contributors, among the leaders in the field, view the relationship between the social and the technical in widely different ways, reflecting the ongoing debate about the precise definition and parameters of requirements. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 examines issues in current requirements engineering methods and practice.
Part 2 details the way in which a particular orientation on the social aspect of the area can increase our understanding of the requirements process and also inform current requirements practice. This book will be essential reading for graduates and advanced undergraduates in software engineering and human[ndash]computer interaction (HCI). It will also be of great relevance to professional software and HCI practitioners, as well as to those involved in the design of CSCW systems.
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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 156.2 x 236.2 x 20.3mm | 587.22g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 2nd
  • 0123853354
  • 9780123853356

Table of contents

Introduction, Marina Jirotka and Joseph A Goguen. Requirements Analysis: Orthodoxy, Fundamentalism and Heresy, John A McDerinid; Resolving Requirements Conflicts with Computer-Supported Negotiation, Steve Easterbrook; Co-operative Requirements Capture - Control Room 2000, Linda Macaulay; The ORDIT Approach to Organisational Requirements, J.E. Dobson, et al; Social Norms in Requirements Analysis - An Outline of MEASUR, Ronald Stamper; Using Domain Knowledge in Requirements Capture and Formal Specification Construction, David Bolton, et al; Requirements Engineering as the Reconciliation of Technical and Social Issues, Joseph A. Goguen. Rethinking Requirements Analysis - Some Implications of Recent Research into Producer-Consumer Relationships in IT Development, Steve Woolgar; Occasioned Practices in the Work of Software Engineers, Graham Button and Wes Shamrock; Steps Towards a Partnership - Ethnography and System Design, Dave Randall, et al; Work, Interaction and Technology - The Naturalistic Analysis of Human Conduct and Requirements Analysis, Paul Luff, et al.
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