EPICAL 2011: Workshop on Empirical Research in Requirements Engineering: Challenges and Solutions

Workshop at REFSQ 2011, Essen, March 2011
Collective efforts of requirements engineering practitioners, consultants and researchers have yielded a huge variety of solutions for improving requirements processes and artifacts. While it is generally known that the suitability and effectiveness of most of these solutions is contingent to the context in which they are applied, the body of empirical studies that investigate which RE technique is better for which context, is relatively small (Cheng & Attlee, 2007). With few exceptions, little has been done to systematically aggregate the empirical evidence that can possibly confirm or disconfirm the claims of effectiveness of different commercially viable RE approaches that solve particular RE process-related or, product-related, problems. The RE community acknowledges that carrying our empirical research in RE is hard and even, harder compared to other software engineering sub-disciplines, as RE resides in the problem space, while the other sub-fields are focused on the solution space. This workshop calls for the explicit discussion on the challenges in setting up good quality RE research designs and promotes the position that for RE research to yield empirically grounded claims, RE approaches need to be systematically assessed by using empirical research methods, e.g. case studies, experiments, action research.