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JSW 2015 Vol.10(10): 1199-1215 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.17706/jsw.10.10.1199-1215

High Perceived-Value Requirements Engineering Practices for Outsourced Software Projects

Rodina Ahmad1*, Mohd Hairul Nizam Md Nasir1, Javed Iqbal1, Salmi Md Zahid2

1Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, University Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2Faculty of Management, Multimedia University, Malaysia.

Abstract—This paper identifies high perceived-value requirements engineering (RE) practices specifically for outsourced software development projects. This is part of a study that aims to develop a framework for critical requirements engineering (RE) practices for outsourced software development projects. We used a survey questionnaire as the primary approach to collect data from 193 software development practitioners from 62 companies in Malaysia. The practitioners were asked to identify which RE practices, out of the 66 practices of Sommerville’s framework, are considered critical for outsourced projects. Specifically, the practitioners were asked to assess and categorize the practices into four categories: high, medium, low and zero value. Only two RE practices were assigned a ‘high value’ by the practitioners and another 26 practices were assigned a ‘medium’ value. The findings show that there is an increased awareness of the importance of RE practices among Malaysian practitioners because only a very low percentage of the respondents selected most of the practices as zero- or low-value practices. Secondly, all the 28 practices ranked as ‘high’ and ‘medium’ value practices are critical and should be given high emphasis in the outsourced projects. Moreover, due to the many more specific characteristics of outsourced projects, the study also implies that there is an urgent need to identify other RE practices or other related software engineering practices that are critical for outsourced projects but that have not been captured within Sommerville’s framework.

Index Terms—Empirical study, requirement engineering, software projects, software development outsourcing.


Cite: Rodina Ahmad, Mohd Hairul Nizam Md Nasir, Javed Iqbal, Salmi Md Zahid, "High Perceived-Value Requirements Engineering Practices for Outsourced Software Projects," Journal of Software vol. 10, no. 10, pp. 1199-1215, 2015.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency:  Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
Abstracting/ Indexing: DBLP, EBSCO, CNKIGoogle Scholar, ProQuest, INSPEC(IET), ULRICH's Periodicals Directory, WorldCat, etc
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