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SARE SYD (5 Feb -14): Beware of the Gaps that Hinder Your Requirements Communication

When there are gaps in the information flow,requirements can be lost or distorted. Similarto the Chinese whispering game, the end product might end up being different from what the customer originally asked for.Requirements communication is slowed down and hindered by distances, or gaps, between project members and between artefacts. This can result in issues and bugs which require additional cost and effort to fix.

During the seminar practical implications of various requirements engineering (RE) distances will be discussed, e.g. geographical, organisational, cognitive, semantic etc. Examples will be given from a case study of an agile development project. 

A new method called Gap Finder was applied to this project to assess and improve on requirements coordination and alignment. Various distances were measured within the team and between their requirements and test specifications. The application of the Gap Finder highlighted issues in a new way and helped the team to discuss these in an open and objective way. This also triggered them to implement some of the practices suggested by Gap Finder for bridging the gaps and strengthening the requirements flow.

Time: Wed 5 Febr, at 17:30-20:00. Presentation starts at 18:00

Place: Foo Café Malmö, Stora Varvsgatan 6a (Media Evolution City)

Free participation. The sponsors are Foo Café.

Register here.

Elizabeth Bjarnason has recently (Nov-13) completed her PhD in Software Engineering at Lund University, Sweden, on the topic of integrated Requirements Engineering (iRE). A field that she has experience of from her 15 years at Sony Mobile’s software development unit in Lund, Sweden. She was there responsible for the processes for developing software for Sony’s Xperia phones as part of the process team. In particular, she was responsible for the requirements aspects of those processes.

Through her experience of requirements as an integrated part of large-scale software development she has become interested in empirical research within the area of requirements engineering. Her main research interest is the role of requirements in the development process, including integrated and agile requirements engineering, requirements communication and collaboration, and alignment between requirements and later development activities.


SARE SYD - User Story: The Wonderful Soup Stone - 21 Nov 2013

How did an index card – with a hardly readable handwritten note – become the inspiration of the most popular way of describing Agile Requirements?

This story of the User Story – from Story Cards to Product Backlog Items and Story Maps - is inspired by the Soup Stone Folk story.

What ingredients were added? And is the result as filling and nutritious as a good hot Autumn soup? Or is it more like a light appetizer?

The Epilog will take us on a picnic with a famous inventor – who realizes how some inventions can lead to… reinventions…

So if you like stories: User Stories, Folk Stories, or Gyro Gearloose Stories – come and join us for soup and story telling on this dark November evening.

Time: Thu 21/11, at 17:30-20:00.

Place: Foo Café Malmö, Stora Varvsgatan 6a (Media Evolution City)

Free participation. The sponsors are Foo Café and System Verification.

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Gertrud Bjørnvig has experienced and used different requirement and analysis techniques for years: From traditional numbered requirements as part of a fixed scope contract – to the dynamic Product Backlog in a Scrum context. From Structured Analysis to Use Cases and User Stories.

Gertrud is independent and business responsible for “Gertrud & Cope” – a small family business with an international profile focused on Lean Architecture, Scrum, and Organizational Patterns. She is co-author of the book “Lean Architecture for Agile Software Development”. Gertrud & Cope organizes the yearly Scrum Patterns event “ScrumPLoP”.


Rune Hvalsöe Foocafe, Friday 31:th of May

We will start with breakfast between 07.30-08.00

The presentation "Closing the loop - How Agile can help you to create more user friendly solutions" will begin at 08.00 and continue to roughly 09.00


When you develop software with Scrum, you are suppose to test your software as early as possible to get feedback, the best testing is done by the customer, however when you work with mobile phones it is not so easy to get in touch with the customers and the mobile industry often want to keep their development confidential. Most companies who work with web-applications

(Google, Facebook, Twitter etc.) have developed a way to test and get fast feedback from their end-users, it is slightly more complicated when it comes to the mobile industry, the mobile industry has always been extremely concerned about leaking information – everything is “secret”. The mobile industry often use 6-12 month to develop a new product, new software is created, after releasing the phone, it takes another 6-12 month before the learning’s from the last release hit the customer.

We have a strong focus on delighting the customer and brining them the best possible experience, this require that we have a high focus on our first delivery and that we constantly analyze an update the products.

This presentation is about how we make this work at Sony Mobile.

Rune Hvalsøe started to work in the mobile industry as a software

developer for Nokia Copenhagen from 1999 to 2007. In 2007, Rune and two other Nokians went to Beijing to build up an new department, transfer knowledge from Copenhagen to Beijing, He tried to use Scrum in 2008 and realized how it could help the teams to work in a much more flexible way, how it could give the developers a much stronger commitment and pleasure in their work.
Rune returned to Nokia Copenhagen in 2009 and was part of the Agile transformation that Nokia went through, he decided to leave Nokia in 2011 just before they announced that they would close the Copenhagen site, he started to work at Sony(Ericsson) as a section manager for 15-20 developers. They have done a lot of things during the last two years, this presentation is one of them…


SARE Syd - Mahvish Khurum - 25 Jan 2013

Crash course for software product managers in early requirements triage.


A software product manager (SPM) in his daily business deals with a large amount and continuous flow of requirements, from different external and internal stakeholders, which threaten to overload the development organization. The SPM needs to analyze and perform trade-off between requirements to dictate long-term versus short-term product development, as well as the ability to balance functional requirements with non-functional aspects such as architectural longevity and maintainability. Thus, the SPM has to take into account different aspects while selecting requirements.

During the seminar, it is discussed how the strategic and technical perspectives can be combined to formulate product strategies that are good-enough for early requirements triage and selection. A Method for Early Requirements Triage and Selection (MERTS) is presented.
The method has two main purposes. First, it acts as a stepwise guide to creating product strategies taking both strategic and technical views into account. Secondly, the strategies resulting from MERTS can be used by managers to perform requirements triage, in essence selecting the “right” requirements for realization. Practical use of the method is exemplified along with the discussion on usability and usefulness of the method.

Speaker’s introduction

Mahvish Khurum

Mahvish Khurum is a post-doctoral researcher in Software Engineering at the School of Computing at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) in Sweden. She received her PhD degree in Strategic Software Engineering in 2011. Mahvish Khurum is also a personal member of International Software Product Management Association (http://ispma.org/).


07:30 - 08:00 Breakfast (Sponsored by Foo Café)

08:00 - 09:00 Seminar

09:00 - 09:30 Q&A Session + Networking

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Styrelse för SARE Syd

Styrelsen för SARE Syd har bildats och följande personer ingår:

  • Micael Åkesson, Seniorkonsult på Lund Requirements and Solutions. E-mail (styrelseordförande)
  • Sandra Olandersson, Projektledare på Spectrum. E-mail
  • Erol Mamudovski, IT Solution Analyst på IKEA IT. E-mail
  • Pontus Rystedt, Product Management Specialist, Tolpagorni Product Management. E-mail 
  • Joakim Nilsson, Account Manager på Nohau. E-mail
  • Tony Gorschek, Professor på BTH. E-mail
  • Elizabeth Bjarnason, Biträdande universitetslektor, LTH. Länk E-mail

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