Building a new graduate-level course on Requirements Engineering I read thirteen books on or about RE before finding Dr. Pohl's excellent book. This book completely lays out and explains all of RE, not just some part of it like many books do. This book presents a holistic framework for the concepts, activities, and processes that make up RE and then systematically explains each with clear examples and tons of diagrams and graphics. Dr. Pohl keeps the book very practical and avoids much of the abstract language that other RE books wander into and that practitioners might find overly academic. This book is an easy read and leaves out no detail. It is a remarkable value at 813 pages of readable text and graphics that do not require a microscope to read. Gets my highest recommendation."
Dr. Timothy J. Eveleigh
The George Washington University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
McLean, VA, USA, September 2011
As I started gathering material for my advanced level Requirements Engineering teaching courses, I ended up overwhelmed by the various misaligned reference books or articles, and I had a hard time trying to converge the various sources into my own RE framework, which I had based on Wiegers' Elicitation / Analysis / Specification / Validation / Management. Up to the time I found this book. Key to this book is its up to date, consistent and structuring reference framework, which explicitly addresses concerns which are assumed in other books. Among these concerns are the various nature of the requirements (goal, scenario and solution oriented requirements), the overall structure of the requirements (context, system / sub-system, what versus how, problem versus solution), and the core activities (elicitation / documentation / negotiation). The book also clearly addresses the various domains of application, from bespoke and information technology to market driven or embedded software systems. If you need to get into advanced general purpose RE, I do not know a better book today. If you are short of time and want to stick to the essence, you may consider the far shorter "Requirements Engineering Fundamentals: A Study Guide for the Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering Exam - Foundation Level - IREB compliant (Rocky Nook Computing)" from K.Pohl anc C.Rupp (160 pages against 777 - appendix excluded)."
800-page volume divided into eight parts and 38 chapters. Pohl went to great lengths in organizing the book, and has been successful in providing a clean, comprehensive, and well-structured work. [ ...] Each part provides collections of basic and advanced reading lists for the individual chapters. The book concludes with a very helpful glossary of terms, a comprehensive collection of references, and a well-organized index. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.
Choice, Vol. 48 (6), February 2011
] This book is going to be a classic. It is the best book I have seen on Requirements Engineering, by far!!!! It is organized very well. The logical flow and organization of the book helps to make it a great read from front to back, as well as a great reference. [
...] The topics are in depth and concise. No filler chatter to make the book bigger. The way it covers the topics is through the use of a visual framework which breaks the topics down into different topics and activities. The framework allows you to see how all the topics and activities are related.
The book contains a nice glossary, index and a well organized section on the references and other reading material. The book is big, which is a welcome change from some of the small books being printed today. Some of the diagrams in the smaller books can hardly be read. That is not the case with this book. This book does a wonderful job of making a very intense and difficult job understandable. If you have anything to do with software development this book is a must read. If you buy just one book on software development in this decade, make this the book. You won't regret it."
PA, USA, January 2011
"[...] Pohl succeeds in providing a comprehensive, well-structured, and easy-to-read ... compendium on the field of requirements engineering where such did not exist previously. It serves as an excellent reference volume [...]. The layout, visuals, and organization of the book are exceptional. [...] Students, practitioners, and researchers with an interest in requirements engineering for software and systems engineering should consider adding this unique book to their library."
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Michael G. Murphy
Southern Polytechnic State University
Marietta, GA, USA, January 2011
There is positive feedback from numerous instructors all over the world using the textbook in their software and requirements engineering courses, among others in: USA, Germany, UK, France, Portugal, Sweden, India, China, etc.