“All perception is selection”

establishing an interpretive theoretical basis for information systems requirements engineering

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Abstract

The number and nature of IT/IS project failures over the last 30 years has been well documented and a fundamental issue argued to underlie such failure is that of the difficulty of establishing client, or ‘user, requirements. The purpose of this paper is to use Youngson’s description of the problems of writing history as a way of exploring and highlighting the rich variety of problems we encounter when trying to derive descriptions of user requirements for computer-based information systems. Youngson’s argument that ‘all perception is selection’ is considered in the light of Checkland and Holwell’s discussion of ‘data, capta, information and knowledge’ and Vickers’ concept of ‘appreciation’. It is suggested that, together, these three ideas to provide us with a useful theoretical basis for an Interpretive approach to Requirements Engineering. A major difference of this interpretive approach to Requirements Engineering is that it promotes a process of collaborative learning towards requirements, as opposed to the more traditional approaches which attempt to ‘elicit’, ‘extract’, ‘mine’, or even ‘harvest’ requirements. The paper concludes with suggestions as to how we might implement this theoretical basis with practical Requirement Engineering tools.


Original languageEnglish
Pages26-26
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2017
Event28th Annual IIMA (International Information Management Association) and 4th ICITED (International Conference on Information
Technology and Economic Development): Smart Systems for Complex Problems
- University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Sep 201713 Sep 2017
http://iima.org/wp/28th-conference-11-13-sept-2017-paisley-scotland-uk/ (Conference website)

Conference

Conference28th Annual IIMA (International Information Management Association) and 4th ICITED (International Conference on Information
Technology and Economic Development)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityPaisley
Period11/09/1713/09/17
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Information systems
Requirements engineering
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Project failure
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Collaborative learning

Keywords

  • requirements engineering
  • appreciation
  • capta
  • perception
  • selection

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West, D. (2017). “All perception is selection”: establishing an interpretive theoretical basis for information systems requirements engineering. 26-26. Paper presented at 28th Annual IIMA (International Information Management Association) and 4th ICITED (International Conference on Information
Technology and Economic Development), Paisley, United Kingdom.
West, Daune. / “All perception is selection” : establishing an interpretive theoretical basis for information systems requirements engineering. Paper presented at 28th Annual IIMA (International Information Management Association) and 4th ICITED (International Conference on Information
Technology and Economic Development), Paisley, United Kingdom.1 p.
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West, D 2017, '“All perception is selection”: establishing an interpretive theoretical basis for information systems requirements engineering' Paper presented at 28th Annual IIMA (International Information Management Association) and 4th ICITED (International Conference on Information
Technology and Economic Development), Paisley, United Kingdom, 11/09/17 - 13/09/17, pp. 26-26.

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West D. “All perception is selection”: establishing an interpretive theoretical basis for information systems requirements engineering. 2017. Paper presented at 28th Annual IIMA (International Information Management Association) and 4th ICITED (International Conference on Information
Technology and Economic Development), Paisley, United Kingdom.