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Requirements Engineering (RE) is a relatively young discipline, and still many advances have been achieved during the last decades. In particular, numerous RE methods have been proposed. However, there is a growing concern for empirical validations that assess RE proposals and statements. This paper is related to the evaluation of the quality of functional(More)
Developing Information Systems (ISs) is a hard task for which Requirements Engineering (RE) offers a good starting point. ISs can be viewed as a support for organisational communication. Therefore, we argue in favour of communication-oriented RE methods. This paper presents Communication Analysis, a method for IS development and computerisation. The focus(More)
Software Engineering has a recurrent problem in relation to Business Process Modelling (BPM): there is no agreement with regards to business process modularity. We claim that this results from a lack of theoretical underpinnings on the matter. This paper goes deeply into this issue by unfolding the notion of modularity: modularisation has an engineering(More)
This document presents a lab demo that exemplifies the manual derivation of an OO Method conceptual model, taking as input a Communication Analysis requirements model. In addition, it is described how the conceptual model is created in the OLIVANOVA Modeler tool. The lab demo corresponds to part of the business processes of a fictional small and medium(More)
Enterprise information systems can be developed following a model-driven paradigm. This way, models that represent the organisational work practice are used to produce models that represent the information system. Current software development methods are starting to provide guidelines for the construction of conceptual models, taking as input requirements(More)
Model-driven development (MDD) is a promising paradigm for enterprise information systems. However, an open research challenge is to successfully integrate requirements practices into the MDD software lifecycle, and an open industrial challenge is to provide proper tool support for the complete software lifecycle. We propose to address these challenges by(More)
Despite the increasing maturity of model-driven development (MDD), some research challenges remain open in the field of information systems (IS). For instance, there is a need to improve modelling techniques so that they cover several development stages and they facilitate the transition from analysis to design. This paper presents Message Structures, a(More)
Models are now part of an increasing number of engineering processes. However, in most cases, they are confined to a simple documentation role instead of being actively integrated into the engineering process. The model-driven development approach considers models as first-class entities and also considers tools, repositories, etc. as models. In order to(More)
Requirements Engineering (RE) is a relatively young discipline, and still many advances have been achieved during the last decades. In particular, numerous RE approaches are proposed in the literature with the aim of understanding a certain problem (e.g. information systems development) and establishing a knowledge base that is shared between domain experts(More)