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An Industrial Case Study on the Use of Test Cases as Requirements
Lund University.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Computing, Department of Software Engineering. (SERL Sweden)
Lund University.
Lund University.
2015 (English)In: Lecture Notes in Business Information, Springer, 2015, 27-39 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is a conundrum that agile projects can succeed 'without requirements' when weak requirements engineering is a known cause for project failures. While Agile development projects often manage well without extensive requirements documentation, test cases are commonly used as requirements. We have investigated this agile practice at three companies in order to understandhow test cases can fill the role of requirements. We performed a case study based on twelve interviews performed in a previous study.The findings include a range of benefits and challenges in using test cases for eliciting, validating, verifying, tracing and managing requirements. In addition, we identified three scenarios for applying the practice, namely as a mature practice, as a de facto practice and as part of an agile transition. The findings provide insights into how the role of requirements may be met in agile development including challenges to consider.

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Springer, 2015. 27-39 p.
Keyword [en]
Agile, Requirements, Behaviour-driven development
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Software Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-10994OAI: diva2:872913
16th International Conference on Agile Software Development(XP2015), Helsinki
Available from: 2015-11-20 Created: 2015-11-20 Last updated: 2015-11-24Bibliographically approved

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