State of practice in requirements engineering: contemporary data

Mohamad Kassab, Colin Neill, Phillip Laplante

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Little contemporary data exists that documents software requirements elicitation, requirements specification, document development, and specification validation practices. An exploratory survey of more than 3,000 software professionals was conducted and nearly 250 responses were obtained. Survey data obtained includes characteristics of projects, practices, organizations, and practitioners related to requirements engineering. Selected results are presented along with interpretations of this data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-241
Number of pages7
JournalInnovations in Systems and Software Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2014


  • Common practices
  • Requirements elicitation
  • Requirements engineering
  • Requirements specification
  • Software development industry
  • Software professionals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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