The most striking thing about requirements work is the enormous difference between what academics think it involves and what people in industry actually do.

The academics think they are far ahead, because they have a wide range of models and techniques, complete with experimental studies (done with specially tamed industrial tribespeople), theoretical analyses, and enormous textbooks full of excellent advice. They can’t see why people in industry are being so slow to adopt their methods.

The people in industry think they are far ahead, because they have years of experience, software that works (after a bit of pushing and shoving), and proven methods of managing requirements with traceability matrices, reviews, configuration management, ...

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