From Palaces to Yurts - Why Requirements Engineering Needs Design Thinking

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

The German saying “von Palästen zu Zelten” compares different systems to different levels of flexibility and agility - that is, “from palaces to yurts.” Requirements engineering systems are geared for developing information system palaces and aren't what's needed for today's world of rapidly changing, app-enabled products. These Web and mobile apps are small, require rapid development, must closely fit customer needs, and change often. Requirements engineering for these would greatly benefit from design thinking - that is, a human-centered, rapid-prototypying method for innovative design.

All house construction requires a solid basement, a supporting infrastructure that provides efficiency in maintenance, and some adjustable elements that will be continuously updated for the house's lifetime. Large, complex houses provide more comfortable living space, but more groundwork is needed if any changes are necessary. IT systems are similar. To meet today's challenges with small, easily changed systems that are more function than infrastructure, we need more that are like yurts rather than palaces.

Authors Vetterli, Christophe; Brenner, Walter; Uebernickel, Falk & Petrie, Charles
Research Team IWI4
Journal or Publication Title IEEE Internet Computing
Language English
Keywords IT-Entwicklung
Subjects information management
Institute/School IWI - Institute of Information Management
HSG Classification not classified
Refereed Yes
Date 1 March 2013
Publisher IEEE
Place of Publication New York, NY
Volume 17
Number 2
Page Range 91-94
Number of Pages 4
ISSN 1089-7801
ISSN-Digital 1941-0131
Publisher DOI 10.1109/MIC.2013.32
Depositing User Christophe Vetterli
Date Deposited 23 Apr 2013 17:16
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:16
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/222400

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Vetterli, Christophe; Brenner, Walter; Uebernickel, Falk & Petrie, Charles (2013) From Palaces to Yurts - Why Requirements Engineering Needs Design Thinking. IEEE Internet Computing, 17 (2). 91-94. ISSN 1089-7801

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