Requirements Engineering as Innovation Journalism: A Research Preview
2016 (English)In: 24th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE 2007), IEEE, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
The successful launch of an innovation project de-pends on an attractive vision and how well the vision is supported by the complementary capabilities of the consortium partners that want to cooperate to realize the vision. Alas, for an innovator the search for the right partners and visions can be lengthy and diffi-cult. Even though the analysis of context and problem, the identi-fication of stakeholders, the analysis of stakeholder goals and tech-nological capabilities, and the definition of requirements belong to the cornerstones of requirements engineering, this requirementsengineering problem has hardly been explored so far. In an at-tempt to avoid re-invention of well-tried solutions, we discovered journalism as a discipline that, as a rich body of methodical knowledge, may act as a source for the guidance of how a require-ments engineer may support the launch of innovation projects. In the role of a journalist, the requirements engineer makes partners and their capabilities visible and thereby allows the parties to iden-tify each other and meet. The transparency that develops between the parties becomes an instrument for consortia to emerge and to eventually answer calls for innovation with appropriate visions for innovation projects. This paper introduces the problem of initiat-ing innovation projects and describes the potential role of journal-ism as a metaphor for addressing the problem. The paper also de-scribes our plans in designing an innovation journalism approach that we hope will enable requirements engineers to increase inno-vation potential and ease the launch of projects that bring about these innovations.
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innovation, journalism, stakeholder discovery, vision-building, design sciences research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13473OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-13473DiVA: diva2:1048613
24th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'16), Beijing (RE@Next! track)