Clustering Requirements Engineering Techniques

L. Jiang (Australia) and A. Eberlein (UAE)


Requirements engineering, technique evaluation, clustering, decision support.


: The selection of proper RE techniques for a project has been a challenging issue in industry. It is usually done based on personal preference or existing company practice rather than on characteristics of RE techniques and the project at hand. Moreover, research has shown that there are numerous useful RE techniques that are, however, not widely used. The few approaches currently available for the selection of RE techniques provide only little guidance for the actual selection process. We believe that the thorough understanding and evaluation of RE techniques in the context of an application domain and a specific project is of great importance. This paper describes research that analyzes RE techniques using a clustering method. An industrial case study that integrated the results of the clustering into the RE technique selection process illustrated the valuable help provided by the clustering.

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