Why Disciplinary Boundaries Make Change Hard: Establishing Critique in Requirements Engineering
Requirements Engineering needs to change – but its disciplinary norms and values make it difficult to develop change from within.
Requirements engineering (RE) is an interdisciplinary research field integrating social science approaches with software engineering. It is as well a transdisciplinary practice translating different industry domain’s sociotechnical contexts into technical specifications. Reporting on an empirical study in critical RE, this talk discusses how the inter- and transdisciplinary nature of requirements work implicitly enacts a specific relation between epistemic, social and economic value/s. It argues that the obscured interplay between these values makes it structurally hard for critical researchers and practitioners to develop collective agency towards change.