On the Role of Systems Research in Support of Requirements Engineering
One of the difficulties facing requirements engineers is the proliferation of radical solutions, i.e., solutions that
have not yet become part of established practice. Compared with the normal solutions that have thus become
established, radical solutions tend to make the requirements process more time consuming and risk- prone.
This paper discusses the role of radical and normal solutions in systems development, and identifies the need
for inputs from systems research in general. It points out that systems research leading to fresh radical
solutions can compound the problem, whereas research into predictive models and refinements of solutions is
likely to help. It proposes the use of pro forma abstracts as a means of highlighting the products of systems
research in a way that makes their value more evident to the requirements engineer.
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