IREB’s main objective is the improvement of software and systems engineering through a practice-oriented and well-founded education in Requirements Engineering . With the CPRE certification the IREB has established itself as a world leader in professional RE education.
With the IREB Academy Program IREB offers financial support for Requirements Engineering projects in:
These projects should be linked, directly or indirectly, to IREB artifacts or the CPRE itself. Examples are:
With the IAP, IREB aims at supporting projects in as many different countries as possible. In return for financial support IREB will be granted the right to use the project results (wholly or partially). These results shall be outcomes of a study/survey, the right to use teaching materials or an article for the Requirements Engineering Magazine. Details will be defined individually together with the funded organization.
Those interested in obtaining financial support through the IREB Academy Program should send their application (in English) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application should include a description of the planned project (about one A4 page ), explaining in particular the relevance for Requirements Engineering and the CPRE. Furthermore, the project scope (time and money) should be stated, as well as the period of implementation and the possible relevance of the project’s results for use by IREB.
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One of the problems still encountered in RE is the difficulty to find proper empirical figures that could demonstrate what works in practice and what doesn't. This makes it difficult to justify the choice and adoption of particular RE practices, as there is a lack of reliable knowledge about which problems are faced in RE and what relevance these problems have. Unfortunately, the lack of evidence in RE leads to the problem that decisions on RE practices are mostly driven and justified by conventional wisdom only.
In response to this problem, the IREB working group IREB Research was recently founded. Within the scope of this group, two empirical large-scale studies are in progress that aim at exploring the practical problems in industry as well as the practical relevance of RE research as it is perceived by practitioners. Both projects shall lay the foundation to strengthening the practical relevance of today's RE research, but also of educational material.
IREB supports both projects which involve over 60 researchers from all over the world. The data analysis of the projects is scheduled for completion in June 2018. A detailed report will be published in the RE Magazine.
Requirements are mainly written in English and very often by non-native speakers of that language. A quick analysis of non-native speakers’ output shows a large number of errors, often making requirements obscure or prone to interpretation errors. To date there has been no suitable education or guidelines specifically for the use of English technical terms in RE.
IREB supported a project at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse to address this problem. The project will focus on errors produced by French speakers writing in English, as language transfer plays a major role in error production, and gives precious indications as to the intended meaning and possible remediation. The method will emphasize the reuse of the results for other languages. The guide will take the form of an organized list of errors frequently found in requirements written in English, along with the proposed corrections for these errors (e.g. correction templates, expressed in the LELIE system).
The project will be concluded in March, 2016. A detailed report shall be available to read in the RE Magazine in the course of the next year.
As part of a collaboration with the University of Maputo in Mozambique (teaching university/ESTEC), Professor Lars Baumann will give a Requirements Engineering Seminar in August 2015 at the university in Maputo.
Professor Lars Baumann is a member of the IREB Requirements Modelling Working Group. Using modern teaching methods, such as the use of case studies within groups, Professor Baumann will explain the basic principles of Requirements Engineering according to the IREB CPRE curriculum to students of the Environmental Management Information Systems Masters program. It will be a special and interesting challenge to deliver the core content of the curriculum in the context of environmental management information systems within this inter-cultural environment.
The seminar will consist of five consecutive days and will finish with an opportunity for students to take the CPRE Foundation Level exam. After completion of the seminar a detailed report will be produced of what has been learned, which, it is hoped, will become an important building block for the further internationalization of the CPRE.
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