To Require or not to Require: A Case Study on the Benefits and Drawbacks of Requirements Engineering Practices in Startups

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik

Abstract: Software startups operatein conditions of uncertainty to develop software intensive products/services. While few startups succeed, the majority fail andpoor requirements engineering practices play a significant role in5 the failure of startups. [Research and contribution]: Through anexploratory multi-case study on software startups, we investigatethe requirements engineering practices that the they use andtheir benefits and drawbacks through interviews and surveys.In conducting this study, practitioners can benefit from a list of10 recommendations on how to make better decisions regarding thepractices they adopt and, consequentially, avoid supplying productsthat fail to meet customer demands. Moreover, academiacan benefit from the empirical insight into how startups managetheir requirements and the value that they receive from practices.

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