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An Innovative Lightweight Framework for Effective RM for Small and Medium Sized Software Development Centers in Oman

Asma Al Balushi, Santhosh John Published in Software Engineering

International Journal of Applied Information Systems
Year of Publication: 2014
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  1. Asma Al Balushi and Santhosh John. Article: An Innovative Lightweight Framework for Effective RM for Small and Medium Sized Software Development Centers in Oman. International Journal of Applied Information Systems 7(10):28-33, October 2014. BibTeX

    	author = "Asma Al Balushi and Santhosh John",
    	title = "Article: An Innovative Lightweight Framework for Effective RM for Small and Medium Sized Software Development Centers in Oman",
    	journal = "International Journal of Applied Information Systems",
    	year = 2014,
    	volume = 7,
    	number = 10,
    	pages = "28-33",
    	month = "October",
    	note = "Published by Foundation of Computer Science, New York, USA"


With the accelerated growth of the software development industry in the world, more complex and sophisticated systems are developed. Requirements Management is one of the essential and challenging tasks when developing software application Poor requirements management practices are one the factors that lead to over budget, delayed, and failure of software projects. The small and medium sized software development organizations and departments in Oman are facing challenges in requirement management. Defining, categorizing, reviewing, documenting and changing requirement are the main activities of requirement management that are unfortunately not well practiced/tackled in the mentioned domain. The aim of this paper is to investigate the requirement management challenges, practices, and tools that Omani software houses facing through conducting professional interviews and questionnaire with requirement engineers and programmers. The findings showed inadequate requirements management practices are used and the utilization of tools is omitted. Subsequently, a solution is provided in the form of a framework that will assist in overcoming the current issues; by incorporating the three crucial components of requirements management practices: requirements traceability, team collaboration and quality metrics for requirements specifications. This will be followed by a prototype tool to be evaluated in the future in these organizations.


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Requirements Management, Requirements Management Tools, Requirements Traceability, Requirements Collaboration.