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Further reading on RE

A selection by IREB

The following literature list is a selection of publications, which IREB recommends in the context of the CPRE:

Publications endorsed by IREB

Basiswissen Requirements Engineering

Klaus Pohl, Chris Rupp

5th, revised and updated edition
dpunkt.verlag (29.03.2021)
German, 268 Pages
Hard cover
ISBN Print: 978-3-86490-814-9
ISBN Bundle: 978-3-96910-248-0
ISBN PDF: 978-3-96910-247-3
ISBN ePub: 978-3-96910-245-9
ISBN Mobi: 978-3-96910-246-6

Aligned to the syllabus of CPRE Foundation Level 3.0

Buy here: dpunkt.verlag

For errata see the book homepage

„This book has been the reference book for professionals in Requirements Engineering for two decades. In all the years the team of authors led by Chris Rupp enriched the book by new insights and experience. The newest edition returned to the more classic book layout; the quieter layout is more pleasant to read. The authors restructured the content and changed partly the terminology. They were not afraid to drop content that can be considered common knowledge and replace it by actual topics like digitalization. Most of the pupils in my seminars on Requirements Engineering sit there with the book on the desk and check whether I am correct. To recommend this book is thus carrying owls to Athens.“

– Karol Frühauf

Handbook for the Advanced Level RE@Agile

Peter Hruschka, Kim Lauenroth, Markus Meuten, Gareth Rogers, Stefan Gärtner, Hans-Jörg-Steffe

Version 2.1.0

Available in the following languages:

Free download

Handbook for the Advanced Level Requirements Elicitation

Anja Schwarz, Dominik Häußer, Kim Lauenroth, Hans van Loenhoud, Patrick Steiger

Version 2.1.0

Available in the following languages:

Free download

Handbook for the Advanced Level Requirements Management

Stan Bühne, Andrea Herrmann

Version 2.1.0

Available in the following languages:

Free download

Handbook for the Advanced Level Requirements Modeling

Thorsten Cziharz, Peter Hruschka, Stefan Queins, Thorsten Weyer

Version 2.1.0

Available in the following languages:

Free download

Syllabus and Study Guide for the RE@Agile Primer

Lars Baumann, Peter Hruschka, Kim Lauenroth, Markus Meuten, Sacha Reis, Gareth Rogers, Francois Salazar, Thorsten Weyer

Version 1.1.0

Available in the following languages:

Free download

Handbook for the CPRE Foundation Level

Martin Glinz, Hans van Loenhoud, Stefan Staal, Stan Bühne

Version 1.2.0

Available in the following languages:

Free download

Publications recommended by IREB members

Business Analysis Agility: Solve the Real Problem, Deliver Real Value

Suzanne Robertson, James Robertson

Edition 1 (2019)
Addison Wesley, Pearson Education
ISBN 978-0-13-484706-1

„If you are interested in a manual for particular agile tool for business analysis, this book is not for you. This book is not merely a collection of (agile) tools for business analysis and requirements engineering. It is the right book for you, if you're looking for a comprehensive process from identifying the real problem, via looking for a solution that resolves the identified problem provides a real value to the organisation until specifying the requirements on the implementation of the envisaged solution. The book is written in an easy to read style and illustrated by real world examples. Read it.“

– Karol Frühauf

„I recommend Business Analysis Agility to our IREB community, a book that embodies the best of software requirements engineering married with an agile mindset. In this book, the Robertsons’ share a plethora of tools and techniques that help you infuse agility in your business analysis. At the same time, it contains key IREB body of knowledge elements. You will find multiple examples and lively scenarios that engage and invite smart problem and solution exploration.“

– Ellen Gottesdiener

Discover to Deliver: Agile Project Planning and Analysis

Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman

EBG Consulting, Inc. 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9857879-0-5 (Print)
ISBN: 978-0-9857879-1-2 (Print)

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„I recommend the book as it describes requirements engineering from a complementing perspective to IREB. The book focuses on product development and follows an agile approach. The interesting part is that you find IREB body of knowledge elements in many chapters. As one example is the tool & technique listing on page 209 where you recognize many tools & techniques that are part of the IREB syllabi as well. The book is especially of value for professionals acting in the context of inventing or developing (software) product following an agile approach. The pragmatic merge of requirements engineering and agile methods and techniques helps to discover your own way to design your specific agile product development approach.“

– Rainer Grau

„Discover to Deliver: Agile Project Planning and Analysis brings clarity to the conundrum of how much requirements work is appropriate and how to iteratively move from discovery to delivery. Ellen and Mary, experienced agile practitioners and coaches, have identified 7 product dimensions that guide the questions to ask and provide a consistent way for the whole team to communicate. I recommend this as a book that covers requirements principles in a non-procedural and practical way. Many examples help to bring the book to life. This is an excellent reference and guidance book for our IREB community.“

– Suzanne Robertson

Discovering Requirements – How to Specify Products and Services

Ian Alexander, Ljerka Beus-Dukic

Wiley (2009)
English, 476 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780470712405

Buy here: Wiley, Amazon

„I recommend Discovering Requirements as the emphasis is on actively eliciting requirements rather than a more passive approach.“

– Colin Hood

„This book covers requirements engineering from an overall view, but also includes many details on how to elicit and document requirements. In the same way it is an excellent text book for students (including a teaching plan on the web) and contains many useful hints practitioners. The focus on stakeholders and context is in particular useful.“

– Prof. Dr. Barbara Paech

Ingénierie des Exigences

Stéphane Badreau, Jean-Louis Boulanger

ISBN 978-2-10-070640-2

Buy here: www.dunod.com

„The content is aligned with the IREB Foundation Level Syllabus and is a very good mean to get ready to take an IREB exam. The main RE concepts are clearly illustrated with many diagrams, pictures and examples. The book is written in French, which is very very important for the French community. There is no commercial aspects in this book, it is only about the Requirements Engineering Processes, Methods, and types of tools.“

– Eric Riou du Cosquer

„There are not many books in French that deal with RE consistently with the IREB CPRE. This book will be usefull to all practitioners who practice RE without really knowing it, and would like to deepend their knowledge of RE fundamentals. If you are looking for recommendations, best practices, and proven, state of the art methods techniques and tools that you can use in practice, this book is for you.“

– Prof. Dr. Camille Salinesi

Mastering the Requirements Process

Suzanne Robertson, James Robertson

Addison-Wesley Professional; 3rd edition (August 16, 2012)
English, 541 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780321419491

Buy here: Pearson, Amazon

„This is the classic book for business analysis and requirements engineering. Since 1999 business analysts and requirements engineers all over the world find inspiration and aid in this book. The fundamental truths mirrored in the Volere process did not change significantly in these two decades. Their use changed with the evolution from sequential to iterative development models.If you are a business analyst and you don't have the book on your bookshelf, you better hurry to buy it.“

– Karol Frühauf

„This is an exceptionally approachable and well-structured book, suitable for small and medium-sized businesses new to requirements work who want a reliable and clearly-documented process to follow.“

– Ian Alexander

Requirements Engineering Grundlagen, Prinzipien und Techniken

Klaus Pohl

dpunkt.Verlag GmbH (2007)
German, 764 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783540211785

Buy here: dpunkt.verlag

„Klaus‘ book is excellent. It is broad (providing an extensive overview on many approaches in requirements engineering), deep (presenting approaches not only on a superficial level), critical (by analyzing the individual strength and weaknesses) and – most of all – constructive (by demonstrating how the individual elements can be combined). It combines theoretical and practical aspects of requirements engineering and it describes the underlying principle and foundations of requirements engineering. It is a must-read for all who are interested in a broad and deep understanding of requirements engineering.“

– Dr. Frank Houdek

„I recommend the book “Requirements Engineering: Grundlagen, Prinzipien, Techniken” by Klaus Pohl for both, practitioners and students. Based on a comprehensive framework for requirements engineering, the book elaborates on the key principles of requirements engineering, its underlying foundations and common requirements engineering techniques. Numerous hints and examples support the reader in applying the described techniques in practice. The book serves as excellent textbook for students and lecturers (together with the additional lecture information provided on the web-site).“

– Chris Rupp

Requirements-Engineering und -Management: Das Handbuch für Anforderungen in jeder Situation

Chris Rupp, die SOPHISTen

7th edition
Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
German, 600 pages
Hard cover
ISBN: 978-3-44645-587-0

Buy here: Amazon

„This book is since two decades the reference book for all professionals in requirements engineering. In all the years the team of authors led by Chris Rupp enriched the book by new knowledge and experience. The layout did change also significantly, from black and white to colours and the technical pictures received company by icons. Most of the pupils in my seminars around requirements engineering sits there with the book and checks whether I am correct. To recommend this book is thus carrying coals toNewcastle. But this book will remain longer in fashion than coal.“

– Karol Frühauf

„In "Requirements-Engineering und Management" the authors managed to explain not just common workday situations, but also complex problems and how to solve them. Through the use of videos and animated graphics, they found a way to incorporate the interactive part of training courses into a book, which immensely lowers the difficulty of getting into requirements engineering. This book is a valuable source of information, particularly about requirements engineering, systems engineering and the influence of agility on those fields. I recommend this book to anyone who is in contact with requirements engineering or plans on getting into contact with it.“

– Prof. Dr. Klaus Pohl

Systematisches Requirements Engineering – Anforderungen ermitteln, spezifizieren, analysieren und verwalten

Christof Ebert

6th edition (2019)
German, 496 Pages
ISBN: 978-3-86490-562-9

Buy here: dpunkt Verlag, Amazon

„I recommend Systematisches Requirements Engineering by Christof Ebert. Christof has a talent for arriving at the heart of the matter and for exposing the simple (hard to recognize) truth. For example when he said that "you must not assume from A and B performance data anything about A+B assembly” it provides clear guidance for how to think about complex problems with that pattern. Thanks to Christof for his clear and elegantly stated guidance. Requirements engineers will find this is a valuable addition to their reference library.“

– Suzanne Robertson

„The book systematically introduces concepts, methods, models and tools of requirements engineering in a practice-oriented way. The checklists, practice tips and online templates in the book are especially useful for daily work. I recommend Systematisches Requirements Engineering as a very good introduction to requirements engineering practitioners!“

– Dr. Yong Xia

UML 2 glasklar

Chris Rupp, die SOPHISTen, Stefan Queins

Hanser Fachbuchverlag (2012)
German, 580 Pages
Flexcover Edition
ISBN-13: 9783446430570

Buy here: Hanser Fachbuchverlag

For errata see the SOPHIST website

„In UML 2 glasklar, the authors have managed a difficult tightrope act: On the one hand, the book represents a comprehensive reference for UML, in which even special cases are not left out. On the other hand, it makes the sometimes dry material relevant for the requirements engineer by illustrating all elements without exception on the basis of good examples and providing hints for use in modelling practice. There are typical pitfalls as well as recommendations for alternative approaches. Notes on tailoring the UML notation and an overview of the SysML complete the book, which should not be missing in any requirements engineering library.“

– Dr. Frank Houdek

„I recommend „UML 2 glasklar“ to the German-speaking IREB community. The authors did an excellent job in providing a handy and almost complete language reference for UML – supplemented by many methodological insights gained from applying UML in practice. Thus, this book ideally complements the OMG standardization documents. The book is, in particular, a valuable source of modeling knowledge for those of you planning to take the certification examination for the IREB Advanced Level “Requirements Modeling”. Indicated by the “AL” icon, you will easily find the relevant content as well as many hints and tips helping you during the preparation for the written examination and the elaboration of the written assignment.“

– Prof. Dr. Thorsten Weyer

Writing Better Requirements

Ian F. Alexander, Richard Stevens

Addison-Wesley (2002)
English, 176 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780321131638

Buy here: Addison-Wesley, Amazon

„This book provides an introductory text to the problem of requirements documentation. It is handy, easy to read and practical. A good starting point for a novice in the field, but also a helpful asset for a more experienced requirements engineer who seeks for practical advice and some reflection space.“

– Prof. Dr. Xavier Franch

„I recommend Writing Better Requirements as a good basic introduction to the topic.“

– Colin Hood

Basiskennis Requirements – IREB CPRE foundation examenstof uitgelegd en praktisch gemaakt

Jan Jaap Cannegieter, Hans van Loenhoud, Stefan Staal, Johan Zandhuis

Eburon Academic Publishers, Utrecht, 2021
ISBN 9-789453-013482
Buy here: Taraxacum, bol.com

„The book follows the structure of the syllabus closely and is therefore an excellent tool for anyone wishing to prepare for a certification exam. What I love about this book is that it is peppered with all kinds of anecdotes, examples and real-life experiences. It is this unique contribution from the authors that takes the book to the next level that satisfies the hunger of a added-value seeker. The authors of this book do their utmost to pass on their love for the profession to everyone who takes this book in hand.“

– Wim Decoutere

„The book follows the structure of the IREB CPRE Foundation Level Version 3.0 syllabus. It covers the syllabus completely. Every chapter provides profound knowledge for its topic, has a summary of the most important takeaways, and several questions to check the learning progress. The correct answers are at the end of the book with rational for each possible answer, why it is correct or incorrect; this is extremely helpful for the potential examinees.“

– Karol Frühauf