Workshop Topic, Background and Motivation

Where do great requirements come from? Technological advancements in the form of amazing new software features, disruptive innovations, emerging new fields such as the Internet of Things and smart ecosystems, and radical enhancements to existing software all rely on one thing: innovative ideas that reinvent the work context, process or experience. However, most requirements elicitation techniques help to identify only the basic requirements that an IT system should fulfill or conservative ideas for the incremental improvement of a system, all with little innovation potential.

Creativity techniques help stakeholders identify delighter requirements, which make aspects of the new system a real positive surprise. Methods such as Design Thinking employ creativity to develop new innovative products and innovate on existing products. But there are many more applications and facets of creativity that can benefit Requirements Engineering (RE) in a wide range of settings. The CreaRE workshop provides a platform for introducing, discussing and elaborating creativity techniques used for RE.

In spite of the importance of creativity in RE, publications about the use of creativity in RE have consistently been rare. However, it is not a niche field, but one that scholars often perceive as a difficult research topic. Many practical questions are still open, especially concerning the applicability and reliability of these techniques in different contexts or the completeness and post-processing of the requirements resulting from a creativity session. Different software applications domains may require creativity techniques to be applied differently. Meanwhile, the field of creativity techniques itself is also changing as tool support and trends like multimedia use with creativity techniques, ubiquitous computing, and online participation demand different approaches, which provides new opportunities for involving creativity in RE but also introduces new challenges.

Goals of the Workshop

The purpose of the CreaRE workshop is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experiences and research results. The participants will learn from the speakers and from each other, and will possibly gain hands-on experiences in applying creativity techniques themselves. A special goal for this edition of the workshop is to use the ten-year anniversary of the CreaRE workshop to reflect on how the landscape has changed in the decade since it first was held in 2010, and to discuss what the future role of creativity in RE might look like, according to experts in the field.