Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering (NaPiRE) constitutes a globally distributed family of surveys on Requirements Engineering (RE) practices and problems, initiated by Daniel Méndez and Stefan Wagner in 2012. NaPiRE is an academic (non-profit and open) endeavour which aims atestablishing the first holistic theory on industrial practices and problems in RE.

We started NaPiRE by elaborating an initial theory via synthesising results of existing, isolated studies in RE and running initial surveys in Germany and the Netherlands. Soon, NaPiRE became a large-scale and long-term collaboration between members of the empirical software engineering research community which now runs NaPiRE as a bi-yearly family of replicated surveys. The research initiative is run by the community with the purpose of serving the community and constitutes the first of its kind.

Each survey replication strengthens the initial theory and extends it with a particular focus on:

  • the status quo in company practices and industrial experiences,
  • problems and how those problems manifest themselves in the process, and
  • what potential success factors for RE are.

To reach a reliable theory in RE which serves the community to steer problem-driven research, we jointly conduct our surveys in a distributed and bi-yearly replicated manner while committing ourselves to the core principles and values described below.

Further information can also be taken from the NaPiRE Manifesto.

  • D. Mendez Fernandez, M. Tiessler, M. Kalinowski, M. Felderer, M. Kuhrmann
    On evidence-based Risk Management in Requirements Engineering
    In: Proc. of 10th Software Quality Days (SWQD ’16), Springer, 2018.
    Vienna, Austria
    Preprint: arxiv
  • Wagner, D. Mendez Fernandez, M. Felderer, M. Kalinowski.
    Requirements Engineering Practice and Problems in Agile Projects: Results from an International Survey.
    In: Proc of the 20th Iberoamerican Congress of Software Engineering (CibSE ’17), Springer, 2017.
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Preprint: arxiv
  • M. Kalinowski, P. Curty, A. Paes, A. Ferreira, R. Spinola, D. Mendez Fernandez, M. Felderer, S. Wagner
    Supporting Defect Causal Analysis in Practice with Cross-Company Data on Causes of Requirements Engineering Problems
    In: Proc. of the 39th International Conference on Software Engineering (SEIP track), IEEE, 2017.
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Preprint: arxiv
  • D. Mendez Fernandez, S. Wagner, M. Kalinowski, M. Felderer, P. Mafra, A. Vetrò, T. Conte, M.-T. Christiansson, D. Greer, C. Lassenius, T. Männistö, M. Nayebi, M. Oivo, B. Penzenstadler, D. Pfahl, R. Prikladnicki, G. Ruhe, A. Schekelmann, S. Sen, R. Spinola, J.L. de la Vara, A. Tuzcu, R. Wieringa
    Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering: Contemporary Problems, Causes, and Effects in Practice
    In: Empirical Software Engineering, Springer, 2016
    Preprint: arxiv Preprint
  • P. Mafra, M. Kalinowski, D. Mendez Fernandez, M. Felderer, S. Wagner
    Towards Guidelines for Preventing Critical Requirements Engineering Problems
    In: Proc. of the 42nd EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications (SEAA’16), IEEE, 2016.
    Limassol, Cyprus
    Preprint: arxiv Preprint
  • D. Mendez Fernandez,  S. Wagner, M. Kalinowski, A. Schekelmann, A. Tuzcu, T. Conte, R. Spinola, R. Prikladnicki
    Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering: Comparing Practices in Brazil and Germany
    In: IEEE Software Voice of Evidence, 2015
    Preprint: arxiv Preprint
  • D. Mendez Fernandez, S. Wagner
    Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering: A Design for a Global Family of Surveys and First Results from Germany
    In: Information and Software Technology, Elsevier, 2014
    Preprint: arxiv Preprint
  • M. Kalinowski, M. Felderer, T. Conte, R. Spinola, R. Prikladnicki, D. Winkler, D. Mendez Fernandez, S. Wagner
    Preventing Incomplete/Hidden Requirements: Reflections on Survey Data from Austria and Brazil
    In: Proc. of the Software Quality Days (SWQD ’15), Springer, 2015.
    Vienna, Austria – Awarded as Best Paper
    Preprint: 
    arxiv Preprint
  • M. Kalinowski, R. Oliveira Spinola, T. Conte, R. Prikladnicki, D. Mendez Fernandez, S. Wagner
    Towards Building Knowledge on Causes of Critical Requirements Engineering Problems
    In: Proc. 27th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (SEKE), 2015
    Pittsburgh, USA
    Preprint: Preprint
  • D. Mendez Fernandez, S. Wagner
    Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering: Design of a Global Family of Surveys and First Results from Germany
    In: Proc. of the 17th International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering (EASE ’13), ACM, 2013.
    Porto de Galinhas, Brazil – Nominated as Best Paper (w/ special issue invitation for Information and Software Technology)
    Preprint: arxiv Preprint | Further material: Presentation




 We are currently curating the data before publication. The link to the public data sets will be published soon here.