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Requirements Engineering

  • Written from a Systems Engineering perspective, not just software engineering, meaning that this is full of examples drawn from domains such as rail, aerospace, defence and automobile

  • Presents the most thorough treatment of traceability, including the important concept of "rich traceability", of any book on the subject

  • Chapters cover principles, process, modelling, management, tool support and other topics

  • Includes new tool descriptions

  • Written by academics and practitioners of Requirements Engineering for students and qualified engineers

  • The three authors have 60 years experience between them in teaching and apply Requirements Engineering in higher education and across a range of industry sectors


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 1-32
  3. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 33-56
  4. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 57-92
  5. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 93-111
  6. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 113-134
  7. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 135-158
  8. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 159-186
  9. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 187-206
  10. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages 207-230
  11. Jeremy Dick, Elizabeth Hull, Ken Jackson
    Pages E1-E1
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 231-239

About this book


Updated with new developments, ideas and thinking, as well as new tool descriptions, the fourth edition of this popular book is driven by practical experience from industry. It provides invaluable information on how to write and structure requirements, whilst explaining the importance of Systems Engineering and the creation of effective solutions to problems.

This edition contains an expanded discussion of “design agnosticism” as an important principle in Requirements Engineering, and new insights regarding the validation and verification process in the context of the Systems Engineering “V” model. Further new elements include a discussion of SysML in the chapter on modelling techniques, and the use of SysML diagrams to present the generic process. Readers will also discover the latest thinking on requirements flow-down and rich traceability and an update to the chapter on tools to present DOORS Next Generation.

Requirements Engineering is written by practitioners for practitioners and students who want to develop their knowledge of the subject area. 


DOORS HCI human computer interaction requirements engineering software engineering systems engineering

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Costain Group PLCMaidenheadUK
  2. 2.Ulster UniversityNewtownabbeyUK
  3. 3.RetiredAltonUK

About the authors

Jeremy Dick has been consulting in tool-supported requirements processes for over 20 years, across a wide range of sectors in the UK and elsewhere, most recently in the Civil Nuclear and Oil & Gas industries. A past chairman of the INCOSE International Requirements Working Group, he has contributed to the development of the discipline, particularly with regard to traceability.

Elizabeth Hull is Professor Emerita of Computing Science at Ulster University. She has published extensively on software engineering and requirements engineering. She is a Chartered IT Professional and an Honorary Fellow of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. 

Ken Jackson has over 40 years experience in the development of real time systems. For 16 years he worked as a requirements management consultant in a wide set of domains including defence, automotive, aerospace and telecommunications. He has contributed to INCOSE and is a founder member of the IEEE committee on ECBS (Engineering of Computer Based Systems).

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