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JSW 2009 Vol.4(5): 422-435 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304//jsw.4.5.422-435

Story card Maturity Model (SMM): A Process Improvement Framework for Agile Requirements Engineering Practices

Chetankumar Patel, Muthu Ramachandran

Innovation North, Faculty of Information and Technology Leeds Metropolitan University

Abstract—This paper describes an ongoing process to define a suitable process improvement model for story cards based requirement engineering process and practices at agile software development environments. Key features of the SMM (Story card Maturity Model) process are: solves the problems related to the story cards like requirements conflicts, missing requirements, ambiguous requirements, define standard structure of story cards, to address nonfunctional requirements from exploration phase, and the use of a simplified and tailored assessment method for story cards based requirements engineering practices based on the CMM, which is poorly addressed at CMM. CMM does not cover how the quality of the requirements engineering process should be secured or what activities should be present for the requirements engineering process to achieve a certain maturity level. It is difficult to know what is not addressed or what could be done to improve the process. We also presents how can be the identified areas of improvement from assessment can be mapped with best knowledge based story cards practices for agile software development environments.

Index Terms—Story card maturity model, Agile requirements, Requirements Engineering, SPI


Cite: Chetankumar Patel, Muthu Ramachandran, "Story card Maturity Model (SMM): A Process Improvement Framework for Agile Requirements Engineering Practices," Journal of Software vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 422-435, 2009.

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