The Value of Requirements Uncertainty

AxelOn 4 October, I participated to an event in honour of Axel van Lamsweerde, my former PhD supervisor, who turned emeritus this fall. The event had an impressive list of speakers and generated many interesting discussions in and around the warm auditorium SUD11, a lecture room I have spent hours in as a student years ago.

I talked about the value of requirements uncertainty. I made the point that uncertainty is inevitable in requirements and architecture decisions and we should therefore embrace uncertainty instead of ignoring it. I argued that our past focus on precise specification is misguided when requirements are uncertain and called for a goal-based scientific approach to software decisions under uncertainty. Important and fascinating research lies ahead of us.

The slides are on my new slideshare account and here:

A Call to Action