Social Modeling for Requirements Engineering

Eric Yu et al.

Published by

MIT Press

ISBN

978-0-262-24055-0

RRP

£48.95

Reviewed by

Jim McGhie CEng MBCS CITP

Score

8 out of 10

Social Modeling for Requirements EngineeringSocial Modelling for Requirements Engineering presents and builds on the i* framework modelling methodology proposed by Eric Yuan, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

This novel perspective on requirements engineering is based on the belief that software-based information systems exist in environments in which social actors relate to each other in terms of goals to be achieved, tasks to be performed and resources to be furnished.

Much of the difficulty in creating information technology systems that meet people's needs accurately lies in the problem of pinning down system requirements. i* framework modelling offers a new approach to the requirements question, based on modelling and analysing the relationships among stakeholders.

It represents an alternative to existing requirements process models, which typically seek to describe a process in terms of activity steps and entity flows.

The first section of the book serves as an introduction to the structure and subject matter of the rest of the book. Chapter 1 provides an introduction to the topic whilst chapter 2 contains a reprint of Eric Yu’s doctoral dissertation from 1995 on the i* framework.

The subsequent four sections of the book are devoted to case studies involving the application ofthe framework. These papers have been authored by researchers from a number of worldwide institutions.

They have been involved in the usage, adaption or extension of Eric Yu’s i* framework in numerous ways through a variety of application requirements, for example business processes development, knowledge management, air traffic control, information security and software development.

The book provides an extensive amount of specialist information on requirements engineering and the applicability of advanced practices based on the i* framework model. It also serves to extend the area of requirements engineering research through application of the hypothesis. It is likely to be a recommended read for anyone with a serious interest in this field.

I award the book eight out of ten for its applicability and overall content.

Further Information: MIT Press

May 2011