Requirements engineering in the context of collaborative software development platforms
The Web has given rise to several platforms serving the purpose of
collaborative software development. Thanks to these environments, it
is possible for anyone to suggest new requirements for a software
under development. A lot of requirements are thus proposed by
stakeholders and it becomes difficult, after a while, for the persons
in charge of the software under development to take advantage of this
large set requirements.
In this context, our aim was to propose an approach to
automatically group similar requirements together in order to propose
a limited number of requirement categories, thus improving the review
process. As requirements expressed on collaborative software
development platforms are usually very short and their content not
very structured, we proposed to exploit relationships between
stakeholders and requirements to break the whole set of new
requirements into meaningful categories.
We developed a tool which aim is to help decision makers
to review a large set of requirements newly posted on a collaborative
software development platform by identifying relevant groups of
stakeholders depending on their past participation. This tool relies on
semantic web languages to annotate and reason on the data extracted
from the plateform and formal concept analysis to classify
stakeholders as well as requirements into lattices which can then be
exploited as road maps to examine newly posted requirements.
Azmeh, Z. and Mirbel, I. and Crescenzo, P.
Highlighting Stakeholder Communities to Support Requirements Decision-Making, 19th International Working Conference on Requirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality (REFSQ 2013), Essen, Germany, April, 2013.