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Exploring how to use scenarios to discover requirements

Seyff, N., Maiden, N., Karlsen, K. , Lockerbie, J., Gruenbacher, P., Graf, F. & Ncube, C. (2009). Exploring how to use scenarios to discover requirements. Requirements Engineering, 14(2), pp. 91-111. doi: 10.1007/s00766-009-0077-9


This paper investigates the effectiveness of different uses of scenarios on requirements discovery using results from requirements processes in two projects. The first specified requirements on a new aircraft management system at a regional UK airport to reduce its environmental impact. The second specified new work-based learning tools to be adopted by a consortium of organizations. In both projects scenarios were walked through both in facilitated workshops and in the stakeholders’ workplaces using different forms of a scenario tool. In the second project, scenarios were also walked through with a software prototype and creativity prompts. Results revealed both qualitative and quantitative differences in discovered requirements that have potential implications for models of scenario-based requirements discovery and the design of scenario tools.

Publication Type: Article
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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