Communication patterns of agile requirements engineering

Nik Nailah Binti Abdullah, Shinichi Honiden, Helen Sharp, Bashar Nuseibeh, David Notkin

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Abstract

An agile software development team relies on communication and collaboration to perform requirements engineering activities, rather than on dedicated analysis tools or documentation. Evidence from practice indicates that two simple physical artefacts (story cards and the wall), used in a particular and disciplined manner, and supported by appropriate social activity, are key to the success of co-located agile teams. However, little is known about this social activity or how communication and collaboration supports requirements activities in this setting. This paper reports an empirical study of a commercial agile team to investigate this issue. Using a combination of qualitative data collection and cognitive analysis techniques, we found evidence of gathering, evolving and clarifying requirements that are managed through patterns of communication. These patterns suggest that a form of situated conceptualization, which we have termed 'shared conceptualization', underpins the team's requirements engineering activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st Agile Requirements Engineering Workshop, AREW'11 - In Conjunction with ECOOP'11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 15
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Agile Requirements Engineering Workshop, AREW'11 - In Conjunction with ECOOP'11 - Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 2011 Jul 262011 Jul 26

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 1st Agile Requirements Engineering Workshop, AREW'11 - In Conjunction with ECOOP'11

Other

Other1st Agile Requirements Engineering Workshop, AREW'11 - In Conjunction with ECOOP'11
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLancaster
Period11/7/2611/7/26

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Situated cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Abdullah, N. N. B., Honiden, S., Sharp, H., Nuseibeh, B., & Notkin, D. (2011). Communication patterns of agile requirements engineering. In Proceedings of the 1st Agile Requirements Engineering Workshop, AREW'11 - In Conjunction with ECOOP'11 [1] (Proceedings of the 1st Agile Requirements Engineering Workshop, AREW'11 - In Conjunction with ECOOP'11). https://doi.org/10.1145/2068783.2068784