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Experimenting around Sustainable Requirements for Sustainable Software

Published on February 10, 2012 by in My papers

Over the last decades, IT has become one of the leading industries worldwide. Its effects on our society and its environment are considerable. Its most obvious effects result from the production, operation, maintenance and disposal of IT infrastructure, roughly hardware. This is what the majority of “green IT” initiatives have been concerned with up to now. Yet, there is another important manner in which IT affects its environment: IT changes individual and organisational behaviour. Think of how the Internet, office automation, mobile phones, route planners and many other applications have affected the way we act (e.g., work, travel) and communicate. At the heart of IT lies software. The way software is designed (e.g., what functions it supports, which parts of its environment it interacts with, which IT infrastructure it uses and how) can have a major influence on the sustainability of the human activities involved. Such fundamental decisions are typically made during Requirements Engineering (RE),

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Defining YOUR creativity

Published on January 13, 2012 by in My papers

The word “creativity” is used widely in business and academia, but its meaning may differ greatly depending on context. This may cause confusion in the minds of people who have to determine which kinds of creativity are relevant to their project and which creativity tools to use. So we tried to understand why and how the meaning of the word “creativity” varies, and study the impacts of these variations on how complex socio-technical systems are designed. As a result we derived a framework for understanding the precise local meaning of creativity used in a specific context, before deciding on the adequate support for it. Consider, for example, that at the kick-off meeting of a new development project, the sponsor emphasised the importance of creativity. Now, as the manager on this project, you feel in trouble: are you supposed to get together in a funny workshop using sticky notes? Or are you supposed to use new

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Improv for Engineers: mini-tutorial in Sydney

Published on January 13, 2012 by in Demos

We were invited to showcast our improv-based techniques a the Requirements Engineering 2010 Conference in Sydney. Despite the very hard circumstances (video filming you, scientists colleagues watching you), 10 brave volunteers played the game. And played it very well. Thanks to them.

 
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