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Challenges of Aligning Requirements Engineering and System Testing in Large-Scale Agile: A Multiple Case Study

Conference paper
Authors Francisco Gomes de Oliveira Neto
Jennifer Horkoff
Eric Knauss
Rashidah Kasauli
Grischa Liebel
Published in 2017 IEEE 25th International Requirements Engineering Conference Workshops (REW), 4-8 Sept. 2017, Lisbon, Portugal
ISBN 978-1-5386-3488-2
Publisher IEEE
Publication year 2017
Published at Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (GU)
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1109/REW.2017.33
Keywords requirements engineering, system testing alignment, large-scale agile system development
Subject categories Software Engineering, Systems engineering

Abstract

Abstract: As agile methods become more pervasive, agile practices are applied to more large-scale systems with a scope that goes beyond pure software. The expansion of agile in these contexts provides benefits, but creates new challenges. Widespread use of agile has changed the way we must think about practices both in Requirements Engineering (RE) and in System Testing (ST). Our experience shows that many challenges in the application of large-scale agile development relate to either RE or ST, and in particular to the alignment between these areas. In this paper we present large-scale agile-related challenges from a multiple case study which relate to REST alignment. We map our challenges to an existing framework for REST alignment, and make an initial attempt to suggest agile RE practices from the literature which may alleviate these challenges. Our results show that the interviewed companies need to first adopt more agile RE practices to enhance REST alignment and then leverage agile testing. Future work will look more towards evaluating these best practices.

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