Theory as a Source of Software Requirements

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Today, when undertaking requirements elicitation, engineers attend to the needs and wants of the user groups considered relevant for the software system. However, answers to some relevant question (e.g., how to improve adoption of the intended system) cannot always be addressed through direct need and want elicitation. Using an example of energy demand-response systems, this paper demonstrates that use of grounded theory analysis can help address such questions. The theory emerging from such analysis produces a set of additional requirements which cannot be directly elicited from individuals/groups, and would otherwise be missed out. Thus, we demonstrate that the theory generated through grounded theory analysis can serve as an additional valuable source of software system requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of International Requirements Engineering Conference
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2020
EventIEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference - Zurich, Swaziland
Duration: 31 Aug 20204 Sept 2020
Conference number: 28

Publication series

NameInternational Requirements Engineering Conference


ConferenceIEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleRE2020


  • requirements engineering
  • Demand side response
  • Grounded theory
  • energy systems transition
  • Business Model
  • requirements elicitation


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