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Process standardization in requirements engineering at Movares

Laout, Arjan (2017) Process standardization in requirements engineering at Movares.

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Abstract:The department of System Integration (SI) at the engineering and consultancy organization Movares in Utrecht is particularly concerned with finding and managing interfaces between different disciplines within infrastructure projects and directing processes that lead up to delivering specific documents. From interviews with employees at the SI department, several needs rose to the surface. One such need is that SI employees are often asked to make complete SRS documents, including the elicitation of the requirements themselves. SRSs are system requirements specifications, which are documents specifying the technical requirements imposed on the designs of a particular infrastructure project. Making these documents is part of the requirements engineering (RE) process. Eliciting the technical requirements in this process requires specialized technical knowledge, which SI employees often do not possess. Thus, the technical tasks need be delegated more to the technical disciplines, who often do not know how to correctly elicit requirements. Another issue is that work processes are often not documented and employees then usually work from own experiences, which leads to employees having to reinvent the wheel and are thus working inefficiently. Additionally, and relatable to the previously mentioned issue, employees experience the quality of some of the documents as below standard and inconsistent. The core problem that these issues have in common, is that the processes are not documented and standardized. This leads up to the main research question, which is: How can a standardized system requirements engineering process be realized at Movares, in order to move towards a more economical way of working and allow SI employees to employ a more organizational role in projects?
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Movares, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Industrial Engineering and Management BSc (56994)
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