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Prof. Pericles Loucopoulos

Information Systems Group, School of Informatics, the University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Pericles Loucopoulos
Challenges and Approaches to Engaging Stakeholders in Requirements Engineering
This event took place on Tuesday 25 October 2005 at 12:15

A key challenge in the development of systems is the engagement of domain experts in their articulation, agreement, and validation of requirements. This challenge is particularly pronounced at the early requirements phase when multiple stakeholders from different divisions and often different organisations need to reach agreement about the intended systems. Decisions taken at this stage have a profound effect on the technical and economic feasibility of a project. The response of the Requirements Engineering community has been the introduction of a variety of conceptual modelling formalisms and appropriate requirements engineering processes. There is sufficient empirical evidence however that demonstrates the alienation of stakeholders from such notations and processes. The possible acquiescence of stakeholders approving a specification, without a deeper understanding of the modelled system, can lead to potentially profound problems due to differences between the expected value from the target system and that which is finally delivered. This talk will explore issues, challenges and approaches associated with capturing of, negotiating about and agreeing on early requirements from a design stance, using examples from large scale industrial applications.

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