Successful projects effectively manage their requirements.
How the mix of different requirements evolves throughout a
successful project life-cycle is poorly understood. Moreover,
requirements practices may be changing, according to the
authors of the New RE—a model of six critical requirements
factors. The New RE focuses on leveraging existing
components to create new functionality. This practice is also
central to open-source development. Thus, to understand the
proposed New RE model and its relationship to open-source
development, in this study, we analyze over 200 projects from
GitHub.com and compare them with a prior analysis of 31
projects from SourceForge. The results show that many of the
proposed New RE factors are related to project attractiveness,
which is important for open-source project success.