The Brave New World of Design Requirements: Four Key Principles

  • Matthias Jarke
  • Pericles Loucopoulos
  • Kalle Lyytinen
  • John Mylopoulos
  • William Robinson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6051)


Despite its undoubted success, Requirements Engineering (RE) needs a better alignment between its research focus and its grounding in practical needs as these needs have changed significantly recently. We explore changes in the environment, targets, and the process of requirements engineering (RE) that influence the nature of fundamental RE questions. Based on these explorations we propose four key principles that underlie current requirements processes: (1) intertwining of requirements with implementation and organizational contexts, (2) dynamic evolution of requirements, (3) architectures as a critical stabilizing force, and (4) high levels of design complexity. We make recommendations to refocus RE research agenda as to meet new challenges based on the review and analysis of these four key themes. We note several managerial and practical implications.


Business Process Requirement Engineer Design Requirement Design Complexity Software Product Line 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthias Jarke
    • 1
  • Pericles Loucopoulos
    • 2
  • Kalle Lyytinen
    • 3
  • John Mylopoulos
    • 4
  • William Robinson
    • 5
  1. 1.RWTH Aachen UniversityGermany
  2. 2.University of LoughboroughU.K.
  3. 3.Case Western Reserve UniversityUSA
  4. 4.University of TorontoCanada
  5. 5.Georgia State UniversityUSA

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