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Goal is a widely used concept in requirements engineering methods. Several kinds of goals, such as achievement, maintenance and soft goals, have been defined in these methods. These methods also define heuristics for the identification of organizational goals that drive the requirements process. In this paper, we propose a set of principles that explain the nature of goal-oriented behavior. These principles are based on regulation mechanisms as defined in general systems thinking and cybernetics. We use these principles to analyze the existing definitions of these different kinds of goals and to propose more precise definitions. We establish the commonalities and differences between these kinds of goals, and propose extension for goal identification heuristics.

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Title Where do goals come from: the underlying principles of goal-oriented requirements engineering
Authors G. Regev and A. Wegmann
Type Conference
Conference/Journal Title 13th IEEE Int. Conf. on Requirements Engineering (RE'05)
Publisher IEEE CS
Month August
Year 2005
Pages 353-362
DOI 10.1109/RE.2005.80
Keywords System analysis, goal identification heuristics, goal-oriented requirements engineering, GRL, GBRAM, KAOS
Topic revision: r2 - 12 Nov 2009 - 18:25:52 - Saeed Behnam
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