Characterization of functional software requirements space: The law of requirements taxonomic growth

Arbi Ghazarian

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Abstract

This paper reports on a large-scale empirical multiple-case study that aimed to characterize the requirements space in the domain of web-based Enterprise Systems (ES). Results from this study, among others, showed that, on the average, about 85% of all the software functionalities in the studied domain are specified using a small core set of five requirements classes even though the results of the study hint at a larger set of nine requirements classes that should be covered. The study also uncovered a law describing the growth pattern of the emerging requirements classes in software domains. According to this law, the emergence of the classes in a requirements taxonomic scheme for a particular domain, independent of the order in which specifications of requirements in that domain are analyzed, includes a rapid initial growth phase, where the majority of the requirements classes are identified, followed by a rapid slow-down phase with periods of no growth (i.e., the stabilization phase).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2012 - Proceedings
Pages241-250
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 12 2012
Event2012 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2012 - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Sep 24 2012Sep 28 2012

Publication series

Name2012 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2012 - Proceedings

Other

Other2012 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2012
CountryUnited States
CityChicago, IL
Period9/24/129/28/12

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Keywords

  • Empirical Study
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Functional Requirements Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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Ghazarian, A. (2012). Characterization of functional software requirements space: The law of requirements taxonomic growth. In 2012 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2012 - Proceedings (pp. 241-250). [6345810] (2012 20th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, RE 2012 - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/RE.2012.6345810