Abstract—Achieving concurrence in software requirements is a two-way process that conventionally relies on same-time, same-place interactions. Very difficult process in software development, requirements engineering is overwhelmed with additional challenges in the evolving dynamics of geographically distributed software teams. Depicting the media-selection theories, it is posited that a combination of lean and rich media is needed for an effective process of requirements negotiations when stakeholders are geographically dispersed. This paper presents the comparison of the effectiveness of the requirements negotiations when preceded by the asynchronous discussions to those negotiations with no prior asynchronous discussions. The findings indicate that requirement negotiations were more effective when the groups conducted asynchronous structured discussions of requirement issues prior to the synchronous negotiation meeting. Asynchronous discussions were useful in resolving issues related to uncertainty in requirements, thus allowing synchronous negotiations to focus more on removing ambiguities in the requirements
Index Terms—Global software development, Requirements engineering, requirements negotiations, media selection
Lecturer, Department of CSE,VLB Janakiammal College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore -42, Tamil Nadu, India. Ph: 9003643185
Cite: B. Arthi, "Distributed Requirements Negotiations Using Mixed Media," International Journal of Engineering
and Technology vol. 1, no. 5, pp. 474-480, 2009.