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Micro-business Requirements Patterns in Practice: Remote Communities in Developing Nations

RJ Macasaet (Pentathlon Systems Resources Inc., Philippines)

Manuel Noguera (University of Granada, Spain)

Maria Luisa Rodríguez (University of Granada, Spain)

José Luis Garrido (University of Granada, Spain)

Sam Supakkul (Sabre, Inc., USA)

Lawrence Chung (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Abstract: Initializing software for a micro-business in a remote community in a developing nation is challenging, especially when gathering requirements. This paper proposes the use of Micro-business Requirements Patterns (μbRPs) in the initial phase of software implementation. The μbRPs aim to guide the software developer when gathering requirements from a micro-business and for estimating the effort needed to implement the software. First, we present the μbRPs, which include a table, optional illustrations, and associated software components. Then, we explain how μbRPs are applied in practice. Finally, we discuss how our proposal has evolved through the years by presenting our action research and inspirations from related work.

Keywords: action research, micro-business, nonfunctional requirement, requirements pattern, small-to-medium sized enterprise, software component

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