Understanding the Requirements for Developing Open Source Software Systems

TitleUnderstanding the Requirements for Developing Open Source Software Systems
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsScacchi, W
Secondary TitleIEE Proceedings Software
Date PublishedDecember

This study presents an initial set of findings from an empirical study of social processes, technical system
configurations, organizational contexts, and interrelationships that give rise to open software. The focus is
directed at understanding the requirements for open software development efforts, and how the
development of these requirements differs from those traditional to software engineering and requirements
engineering. Four open software development communities are described, examined, and compared to help discover what these differences may be. Eight kinds of software informalisms are found to play a critical role in the elicitation, analysis, specification, validation, and management of requirements for developing open software systems. Subsequently, understanding the roles these software informalisms take in a new formulation of the requirements development process for open source software is the focus of this study. This focus enables considering a reformulation of the requirements engineering process and its associated artifacts or (in)formalisms to better account for the requirements for developing open source software systems.

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