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Based on a Penn State course taught by the author, this text provides a review of the theoretical and practical aspects of discovering, analyzing, modeling, validating, testing, and writing requirements for systems of all kinds, particularly software-intensive systems. Incorporating a variety of formal methods, social models, and modern requirements writing techniques useful to practicing engineers, the text is suitable for professional software engineers, systems engineers, and senior undergraduate and graduate students in these fields.
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Phillip A. Laplante, PhD, is professor of software engineering and a member of the graduate faculty at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). His research, teaching, and consulting focuses on software quality, particularly with respect to requirements, testing, and project management. Before joining Penn State he was a professor and senior academic administrator at several colleges and universities.

Dr. Laplante has consulted to Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, the US DOD, and NASA. He has also served on the technology advisory boards for several companies. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Laplante spent nearly a decade as a software engineer and project manager working on avionics (including the Space Shuttle), CAD, and software test systems. He was also director of business development for a software consulting firm. He has authored or edited 29 books and more than 200 papers, articles, reviews, and editorials.

Dr. Laplante received his BS, MEng, and PhD in computer science, electrical engineering, and computer science, respectively, from Stevens Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is licensed in Pennsylvania as a professional engineer and is a Certified Software Development Professional. He is a fellow of the IEEE and SPIE and a member of numerous professional societies, program committees, and boards.


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Requirements Engineering for Systems and Software 5 May 2013
By Ben Amaba - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great reference with its compilation of key aspects of requirements engineering and its importance in the systems of today. It is a quick read and has a list of key excerpts that we need to be reminded of and apply more frequently. The narratives remind the reader of why requirements engineering is critical and illustrate the impact the discipline has. Informal and formal methods are summarized well. The example of a Smart Home is a good example showing the ideas presented in the text. We look forward to the updated editions and how professional licensure will positively impact the world.
Great book, written like a conversation, has multiple view points. 3 Jan. 2015
By D. Seskey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am currently attending school for my Masters of Software Engineering, and this book was required for a first year course in Requirements Engineering. I had a requirements engineering course in my undergraduate program, and used a different book that is used widely amongst undergraduate and graduate programs (Software Engineering (9th Edition) by Ian Sommerville). Upon starting my graduate program, the professor (who happens to also be the author of this book), assigned the book to us and would have us read 2-3 chapters a week in it. With my experience in requirements engineering, I thought it would be boring but I was wrong. Laplante writes the book more as a conversation, to engage the reader and give them a first hand view from a professional's experience, you don't notice how much you read until you are done. In addition, he pulls in other resources to give the reader a wide range of information on the topic (he pulls data from other books, other research studies, etc). The questions at the end of the chapters make sure the reader understood what they read, and allows the reader to recap the chapter in a quick two or three sentence response. The last question in the chapter tends to be a "research" question that you have to use the book and outside resources to answer. I found this interesting as it allowed a reader to add their view to the conversation. In comparison tot he Sommerville book, Laplante covers the same information (except specific UML sections). I usually sell my books at the end of the semester, but I kept this book for reference. In addition, being a part of a start up company I kept this book for newer employees and interns to read and better understand the process we go through before building a piece of software.
Well put together 2 Feb. 2015
By M. Blackwood - Published on Amazon.com
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I rented this book using the Kindle App for the iPhone and iPad and I don't know if I'll ever buy a paperback again. The ability to jump from page to page, search any keyword, easily highlight important words or phrases are just a few of the great actions I can do. I use this book for class and I am not the person who loves to read but with this book accessible on my iPhone I sure will be able to keep up with my reading assignments. This book is worth the read even if you're not studying the course it was designed for. I believe everyone would benefit from the details included.
Great book to buy! Or rent!
Surprisingly readable 11 Oct. 2013
By dan silber - Published on Amazon.com
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Surprisingly palatable read with a topic that can easily be quite dry. They use scenarios and examples to make the content relatable.

The content is quite good, giving some examples of how requirements elicitation goes in real life: dealing with conflicting requests, non-functional requirements, and incomplete information.
Great Content, but not the most recent version. 7 Dec. 2014
By Maroki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book is fine and this review isn't reflective of its content however its not the most recent version of the book and the questions have changed for my class. If you're needing it for a course don't be caught by that like I was.
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