A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Requirements engineering for sustainability: an awareness framework for designing software systems for a better tomorrow

Publication Details

Authors: Duboc Leticia, Penzenstadler Birgit, Porras Jari, Kocak Sedef Akinli, Betz Stefanie, Chitchyan Ruzanna, Leifler Ola, Seyff Norbert, Venters Colin C.

Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)

Publication year: 2020

Language: English

Related journal or series: Requirements Engineering

Volume number: 25

Issue number: 4

Start page: 469

End page: 492

Number of pages: 24

ISSN: 0947-3602

eISSN: 1432-010X

JUFO level of this publication: 2

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00766-020-00336-y

Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


Integrating novel software systems in our society, economy and environment can have far-reaching effects. As a result, software systems should be designed in such a way as to maintain or improve the sustainability of their intended socio-technical systems. However, a paradigm shift is required to raise awareness of software professionals on the potential sustainability effects of software systems. While Requirements Engineering is considered the key for driving this change, requirements engineers lack the knowledge, experience and methodological support for acting as facilitators for a broader discussion on sustainability effects. This paper presents a question-based framework for raising awareness of the potential effects of software systems on sustainability, as the first step towards enabling the required paradigm shift. An evaluation study of the framework was conducted with four groups of computer science students. The results of the study indicate that the framework is applicable to different types of systems and helps to facilitate discussions about the potential effects that software systems could have on sustainability.

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