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Requirements Engineering in Startups with Open Source Software Related Business Strategies

Lichstam, Martin LU and Johansson, Billy (2016) In LU-CS-EX 2016-38 EDA920 20161
Department of Computer Science
Abstract
The role of startups in today’s economy grows increasingly more
important while more and more companies engage in open source software
(OSS) development. Both startups and open source projects are
sources of, and rely on, innovation. As startups are typically very resource
constrained and open source potentially offers low cost labour
and innovation sources; the intersection of startups and OSS is worth
studying.
In this thesis we perform a literature study on the current state
of Requirements Engineering (RE) in startups and OSS, showing that
the RE process is comparatively more informal in both startups and
OSS than what would be the norm in classical RE. We also present
interviews with four different startups and examine how... (More)
The role of startups in today’s economy grows increasingly more
important while more and more companies engage in open source software
(OSS) development. Both startups and open source projects are
sources of, and rely on, innovation. As startups are typically very resource
constrained and open source potentially offers low cost labour
and innovation sources; the intersection of startups and OSS is worth
studying.
In this thesis we perform a literature study on the current state
of Requirements Engineering (RE) in startups and OSS, showing that
the RE process is comparatively more informal in both startups and
OSS than what would be the norm in classical RE. We also present
interviews with four different startups and examine how they manage
their OSS projects through an RE perspective confirming the results
from the literature study. In addition we identify a set of RE related
challenges faced by the interviewed startups when managing their OSS
projects and present potential actions that can be deployed to alleviate
the challenges. To further aid the startups in this area we identify
four different themes related to the challenges that indicates broader
issues in a startups OSS RE bridging process and present a method for
identifying areas of improvement in a startup’s ongoing OSS project. (Less)
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author
Lichstam, Martin LU and Johansson, Billy
supervisor
organization
course
EDA920 20161
year
type
H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
subject
keywords
open source software, lean startup, mvp, requirements
publication/series
LU-CS-EX 2016-38
report number
LU-CS-EX 2016-38
ISSN
1650-2884
language
English
id
8892627
date added to LUP
2016-09-30 08:36:09
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2016-09-30 08:36:09
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  abstract     = {The role of startups in today’s economy grows increasingly more
important while more and more companies engage in open source software
(OSS) development. Both startups and open source projects are
sources of, and rely on, innovation. As startups are typically very resource
constrained and open source potentially offers low cost labour
and innovation sources; the intersection of startups and OSS is worth
studying.
In this thesis we perform a literature study on the current state
of Requirements Engineering (RE) in startups and OSS, showing that
the RE process is comparatively more informal in both startups and
OSS than what would be the norm in classical RE. We also present
interviews with four different startups and examine how they manage
their OSS projects through an RE perspective confirming the results
from the literature study. In addition we identify a set of RE related
challenges faced by the interviewed startups when managing their OSS
projects and present potential actions that can be deployed to alleviate
the challenges. To further aid the startups in this area we identify
four different themes related to the challenges that indicates broader
issues in a startups OSS RE bridging process and present a method for
identifying areas of improvement in a startup’s ongoing OSS project.},
  author       = {Lichstam, Martin and Johansson, Billy},
  issn         = {1650-2884},
  keyword      = {open source software,lean startup,mvp,requirements},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {LU-CS-EX 2016-38},
  title        = {Requirements Engineering in Startups with Open Source Software Related Business Strategies},
  year         = {2016},
}