Does Software Requirement Elicitation and Personality make any relation?

Adil Khan,Abdul Rehman Gilal,Hafiz Ahmed Ali,Murk Chohan,Mazni Omar,Muhammad Saleem Mahar,Mobashar Rehman,Aamir Amin

Context: Requirement Elicitation (RE) is one of the important activities in software development. The software project will surely fail if the execution of this activity is not performed well. The execution majorly goes bad if the engineer is selected based on the technical skills only. Objective: The human interpersonal skills are equally important to be considered when assigning RE responsibility to someone. Therefore, the objective of this study is to map the technical responsibilities of RE engineers with one of the important interpersonal skills personality. Methodology: In order to operationalize the research, two RE techniques: Interview and Ethnography are selected based on their common acceptance and use. Later the job responsibilities of the roles are mapped with human interpersonal skill: personality type based on Myers-Briggs type indicator (MBTI). Result: It was critically observed that one RE engineer with certain personality types cannot deal meritoriously two different elicitation techniques. It is just said because both selected techniques derive different personality requirement. For instance, interview job requires engineers to interact stakeholders frequently. Hence, someone has to be extrovert in order to perform the interview job. Conclusion: This study is just a start to highlight the importance of human interpersonal skills with RE jobs. Empirical evidences can better articulate the solid directions.

Volume 11 | 08-Special Issue

Pages: 1162-1168