Understanding problem solving in requirements engineering : debating creativity with IS practitioners

  • Cybulski J
  • Nguyen L
  • Thanasankit T
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RE is well-recognised as a creative problem solving activity by the systems development community. However, while substantial research has been conducted and knowledge gained about creativity in the general psychology of problem solving, creativity as it applies to RE remains a relatively unexplored area - one that has neither been comprehensively studied, nor highly recognised, as a research topic of importance. This paper attempts to address the above mentioned gap by presenting findings from a recent focus group study of creativity in RE as perceived by a group of RE practitioners. We provide a conceptual framework for understanding creativity in RE, which may be of use to requirements engineers attempting to enable more creative approaches and results, as well as adding to the existing, limited body of research in this area.

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  • Jacob Cybulski

  • Lemai Nguyen

  • Theerasak Thanasankit

  • Sharman Lichtenstein

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