1st International Workshop on Crowd-Based Requirements Engineering (CrowdRE 2015)
Collocated with RE 2015 – Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Paper submission: June 15th, 2015
Notification: June 30th, 2015
Camera-ready: July 15th, 2015
Call for Papers
Motivation and Goals
The rise of mobile, social and cloud apps pose new challenges and opportunities to the field of RE. Thousands or even millions of stakeholders communicate with one another, thereby forming a distributed and heterogeneous group, i.e. a ‘crowd’ that exchanges wishes, needs, innovative ideas and problems they encountered while using apps. Traditional requirements engineering (RE) techniques have difficulties scaling up in such ‘crowd’ settings. The unique opportunities of involving larger numbers of stakeholders motivated researchers and practitioners to start working at appropriate methods and tools, but we see the need for more tailored and holistic approaches for crowd-based RE.
The workshop on Crowd-Based Requirements Engineering (CrowdRE) therefore aims to play a pivotal role in bringing researcher experts and practitioners together, and provide them with a platform to exchange their visions on this subject. A central topic will be how requirements are best elicited, documented, validated, negotiated and managed in a setting that involves a crowd.
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 10:15 Keynote (Chair: Norbert Seyff)
- Walid Maalej, University of Hamburg: Crowdsourcing RE through Systematic User Participation? Potentials and Challenges
10:15 – 10:30 Introduction Round
10:30 – 11:00 Morning break
11:00 – 12:30 Paper Session 1: “User Feedback” (Chair: Anna Perini)
- Remco Snijders, Fabiano Dalpiaz, Sjaak Brinkkemper, Mahmood Hosseini, Raian Ali and Atilla Özüm. REfine: A Gamified Platform for Participatory Requirements Engineering
- Georgi Kanchev and Amit Chopra. Social Media Through the Requirements Lens: A Case Study of Google Maps
- Eduard Groen. Crowd Out the Competition: Gaining Market Advantage through Crowd-based Requirements Engineering
- Facilitated discussion on Session 1 papers
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:30 Fishbowl Panel “Crowd, Requirements, and Beyond”
15:30 – 16:00 Afternoon break
16:00 – 17:20 Paper Session 2: “Crowdsourcing” (Chair: Eduard Groen)
- Fabiano Dalpiaz, Michal Korenko, Rick Salay and Marsha Chechik. Using the Crowds to Satisfy Unbounded Requirements
- Meira Levy, Irit Hadar and Dov Te'Eni. A Gradual Approach to Crowd-based Requirement Engineering: The Case of Conference Online Social Networks
- Pratyoush K. Srivastava and Richa Sharma. Crowdsourcing for MyERP Application
- Facilitated discussion on Session 2 papers
17:20 – 17:30 Wrap-up
The following themes of interest for paper submission include, but are not limited to:
- Crowd-Based RE
- RE with Big Data
- Integration of RE and approaches borrowed from other disciplines
- Application scenarios of Crowd-Based RE
- The intersection of sociology and RE
- Automated RE and the role of the requirements engineer
- Automated RE and data (safeguarding rollback, traceability and data integrity; measuring validity, reliability, source quality; processing of rejected data)
- Platforms and tools supporting Crowd-Based RE
Submitted papers should ideally provide contributions relevant to answering one or more of the following key questions:
- Is it necessary, useful and desirable to consider how RE can be made suitable for settings in which the stakeholders can be considered a crowd?
- What are the risks of going beyond the borders of the ‘brown field’ domain of RE? To what extent are these risks acceptable? What can be done to mitigate these risks?
- How to obtain and interpret data from such a large group of stakeholders? Can a sufficient sample size be reached and people motivated to contribute?
- Can we leverage techniques from Big Data analytics to analyse heterogeneous and large data sets as new sources for new/ changed requirements?
- What are common denominators of existing and emerging approaches to make RE more suitable for Crowd-Based RE? Do they complement one another? What are the gaps that have not yet been covered by these solutions?
- Where do the opportunities to collaborate lie? To what extent can the various views be reconciled, and where will opinions remain different?
- What are the central application domains for a Crowd-Based RE approach? How can a holistic solution find a practical application in these domains?
Original submissions (up to 6 pages) from research and practice in the following categories are welcome:
- Competition papers describing a solution idea to the problem scenario described below
- Technical solution papers describing original research results
- Problem statements explaining industry problems in settings with a large group of stakeholders
- Vision statements explaining strongly explorative ideas
- Experience reports that give insights in existing RE practice and potential for application in settings that involve a crowd
Papers must describe original work that has not been previously published or submitted elsewhere.
Submissions must be written in English and formatted according to the IEEE formatting instructions.
Submissions will be managed through easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=crowdre2015
Problem Scenario for Competition Papers
The scenario features the German medium-size software company MyERP that develops ERP software. Traditionally, MyERP addressed the national market with on premise solutions. However, an American start-up has begun to challenge the market with a less expensive and more flexible Software-as-a-Service solution in the Cloud. To respond to its new competitor, MyERP has decided to also offer its ERP product as SaaS. In particular, the entire European market and not only German-speaking countries should be addressed in order to avoid that the American Start-up enters this market earlier. The problem is that MyERP is forced to have early success without sufficiently understanding the demands and preferences of non-German customers.
Competition papers should strive to discuss and answer the following questions:
- How would you deal with this issue from a requirements engineering perspective?
- How would you perform requirements elicitation, documentation, validation and management in such a setting?
- Who is the crowd? How would you characterise it?
- How would you involve the crowd? And why?
- What are the expected benefits and challenges?
- Raian Ali, Bournemouth University (UK)
- Daniel Berry, University of Waterloo (Canada)
- Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
- Fabiano Dalpiaz, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
- Daniela Damian, University of Victoria (Canada)
- Anthony Finkelstein, University College London (UK)
- Vicenzo Gervasi, University of Pisa (Italy)
- Emitzá Guzmán, Tech. University of Munich (Germany)
- Mahmood Hosseini, Bournemouth University (UK)
- Marjo Kauppinen, University of Helsinki (Finland)
- Eric Knauss, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)
- Soo Ling Lim, University College London (UK)
- Walid Maalej, University of Hamburg (Germany)
- Itzel Morales Ramírez, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
- Björn Regnell, Lund University (Sweden)
- Pete Sawyer, Lancaster University (UK)
- Kurt Schneider, Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)
- Alistair Sutcliffe, University of Manchaster (UK)
- Irina Todoran, University of Zurich (Switzerland)
- Sebastian Adam, Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern (Germany)
- Andreas Metzger, Univ. of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
- Anna Perini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy)
- Norbert Seyff, University Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland)