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Publication - Dr Ruzanna Chitchyan

    Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering

    Citation

    Duboc, L, Betz, S, Penzenstadler, B, Kocak, SA, Chitchyan, R, Leifler, O, Porras, J, Seyff, N & Venters, C, 2019, ‘Do we really know what we are building? Raising awareness of potential Sustainability Effects of Software Systems in Requirements Engineering’. in: 27th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference. IEEE Computer Society

    Abstract

    Integrating novel software systems in our society, economy, and environment can have far-reaching effects. As a result, software systems should be designed in such a way as to maintain or improve the sustainability of the sociotechnical system of their destination. However, a paradigm shift is required to raise awareness of software professionals on the potential sustainability effects of software systems. While Requirements Engineering is considered the key to driving this change, requirements engineers lack the knowledge, experience and methodological support for doing so. This paper presents a question-based framework for raising awareness of the potential effects of software systems on sustainability. A feasibility study of the framework use is carried out in two application cases with computer science students. The results indicate that the framework is helpful in enabling discussions between requirements engineers and other stakeholders, as well as for drawing insights on the potential chains-of-effects that software systems could have on sustainability.

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