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Requirements Evolution: Relating Functional and Non-Functional Requirement Change on Student Project Success

[+] Author Affiliations
Joshua D. Summers, Shraddha Joshi

Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Beshoy Morkos

Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Paper No. DETC2014-35023, pp. V003T04A002; 12 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 16th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 11th International Conference on Design Education; 7th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4634-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


This paper presents findings from a study of the evolution of requirements in eight parallel student semester long design projects. Weekly requirements documents were collected and analyzed for the number of functional and non-functional requirements defined by each team. Trends were compared with end of project performance success. The findings provide suggestive, not definitive, evidence that (a) a higher number of defined requirements predicted higher project success, (b) early functional requirement definition relates to project success, and (c) it is important to continually evolve the requirements throughout the project. A set of guidelines and recommendations are developed.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Students



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