MREBA 2017 4th international workshop on conceptual modeling in requirements and business analysis


Requirements Engineering (RE) aims to capture intended system functionality and qualities. For that, requirements are often explicitly captured in various types of conceptual models. Such models allow for sharing a collaborative perception of requirements, can facilitate analysis, and can transform towards design, specification, and code. In practice, requirements activities often fall under the heading of Business Analysis (BA), determining how a business can make use of technology in order to improve its operations, meet targets, and thrive in a competitive economy. Use of models in this context allows for an explicit consideration of business strategy, including requirements specifying how such strategies can be operationalized through socio-technical systems. Moreover, conceptual modeling can be a core asset as part of a business intelligence initiative, using models to monitor and reason over the real-time achievement of business strategies.

The MREBA workshop aims to provide a forum for discussing the interplay between Requirements Engineering and Business Analysis topics and Conceptual Modeling. In particular, the workshop focuses on how requirements modeling can be effectively used as part of Business Analysis and Systems Engineering. We ask: What are the fundamental objectives and premises of RE/BA and conceptual modeling respectively, and how can they complement each other? What conceptual modeling techniques can be utilized in RE/BA? How can RE/BA modeling be applied successfully in a business environment? What lessons are there to be learned from industrial experiences? What empirical data can support cost-benefit analyses when adopting RE/BA methods? Are there applications, domains or types of project settings for which RE/BA approaches are particularly suitable or not? What degree of formalization and automation or interactivity is feasible and appropriate for which types of participants during RE/BA modeling?


  • 10:30-11:00

    Detecting Bad Smells of Refinement in Goal-Oriented Requirements Analysis

  • 11:00-11:30

    Goal-Oriented Requirements Analysis Meets a Creativity Technique

  • 11:30-12:00

    Assisting Process Modeling by Identifying Business Process Elements in Natural Language Texts

  • 12:00-12:30

    Towards consistent demarcation of enterprise design domains

  • 14:00-14:30

    Towards an Ontology for Strategic Decision Making: The Case of Quality in Rapid Software Development Projects

  • 14:30-15:00

    Formal Strategy Analysis with Goal Models and Semantic Web Technologies

  • 15:00-15:30

    Using multidimensional concepts for detecting problematic sub-KPIs in analysis systems

  • 15:30-16:00

    Requirements Engineering for Data Warehouses (RE4DW): From Business Strategy to Multidimensional Model

Workshop Co-chairs

 Renata Guizzardi, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES), Brazil

Eric-Oluf Svee, Stockholm University, Sweden

Jelena Zdravkovic, Stockholm University, Sweden