A Role Clarity Framework to Improve Requirements Gathering

15 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2016

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Atefeh Taghavi

University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business, Students

Carson Woo

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Date Written: December 11, 2016

Abstract

Incorrect and incomplete requirements have been reported as two of the top reasons for information system project failures. To address this concern, several studies have focused on understanding the business issues and organizational factors prior to specifying the requirements. In this research, we add to the existing incremental solutions (e.g., work system theory and goal based requirements engineering) by proposing the role clarity framework drawn from the theory of role dynamics (Kahn et al. 1964) in organization studies. The role clarity framework demonstrates how business activities of users are formed and/or changed. The framework helps analysts to improve their communication with users and anticipate changes in their requirements, thus improving the gathering of requirements for IS design.

Keywords: requirements gathering, business activities, role clarity, changes in requirements, communication between analysts and users

Suggested Citation

Taghavi, Atefeh and Woo, Carson, A Role Clarity Framework to Improve Requirements Gathering (December 11, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2883870 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2883870

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Carson Woo

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