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Journal of Information Science and Engineering, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 1519-1530

Significant Requirements Engineering Practices for Outsourced Mobile Application Development

1Department of Computer Science
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Islamabad, 44000 Pakistan
2Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, 50603 Malaysia
E-mail: {javediqbal; muzafar_khan}@comsats.edu.pk; {rodina; hairulnizam}@um.edu.my

    The magnitude of Software Development Outsourcing (SDO) is snowballing day by day. However, a considerable proportion of SDO projects cannot acquire the anticipated benefits. In most of such cases, the reasons are often associated to Requirements Engineering (RE) process. The same is true for Mobile Application Requirements Engineering (MARE) process in case of SDO. The aim of this study is to cultivate the MARE process for SDO by identifying and ranking the significant RE practices for the process. To identify the significant MARE practices, we have employed a literature-based list of RE practices. Two online questionnaire surveys have been conducted to complete the two rounds of Delphi method. After the first round, we have identified 86 significant MARE practices for SDO based on 36 responses from SDO experts. The results of the second round have helped us to provide the overall ranking of the practices. The SDO practitioners have termed the identified MARE practices beneficial to address the issues of MARE process in case of SDO and to achieve the outsourcing benefits.

Keywords: mobile application requirements engineering, software development outsourcing, requirements engineering practices, Delphi method, IT outsourcing

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