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Title: Effective communication in requirements elicitation: A comparison of methodologies
Authors: Macredie, RD
Coughlan, JA
Keywords: Communication
Socially oriented methodologies
User-designer interaction
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: Springer London
Citation: Requirements Engineering, 7(2): 47-60
Abstract: The elicitation or communication of user requirements comprises an early and critical but highly error-prone stage in system development. Socially oriented methodologies provide more support for user involvement in design than the rigidity of more traditional methods, facilitating the degree of user-designer communication and the 'capture' of requirements. A more emergent and collaborative view of requirements elicitation and communication is required to encompass the user, contextual and organisational factors. From this accompanying literature in communication issues in requirements elicitation, a four-dimensional framework is outlined and used to appraise comparatively four different methodologies seeking to promote a closer working relationship between users and designers. The facilitation of communication between users and designers is subject to discussion of the ways in which communicative activities can be 'optimised' for successful requirements gathering, by making recommendations based on the four dimensions to provide fruitful considerations for system designers.
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