<XML><RECORDS><RECORD><REFERENCE_TYPE>3</REFERENCE_TYPE><REFNUM>8828</REFNUM><AUTHORS><AUTHOR>Johnson,C.W.</AUTHOR><AUTHOR>Holloway,C.M.</AUTHOR></AUTHORS><YEAR>2006</YEAR><TITLE>Questioning the Role of Requirements Engineering in the Causes of Safety-Critical Software Failures</TITLE><PLACE_PUBLISHED>T. Kelly (ed.), The First IET International Conference on System Safety, Institute of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London, 6-8th June 2006</PLACE_PUBLISHED><PUBLISHER>IEE</PUBLISHER><PAGES>352-360</PAGES><ISBN>0-86341-646-2</ISBN><LABEL>Johnson:2006:8828</LABEL><KEYWORDS><KEYWORD>software failures</KEYWORD></KEYWORDS<ABSTRACT>Many software failures stem from inadequate requirements engineering. This view has been supported both by detailed accident investigations and by a number of empirical studies; however, such investigations can be misleading. It is often difficult to distinguish between failures in requirements engineering and problems elsewhere in the software development lifecycle. Further pitfalls arise from the assumption that inadequate requirements engineering is a cause of all software related accidents for which the system fails to meet its requirements. This paper identifies some of the problems that have arisen from an undue focus on the role of requirements engineering in the causes of major accidents. The intention is to provoke further debate within the emerging field of forensic software engineering.</ABSTRACT><NOTES>Preprint available from johnson@dcs.gla.ac.uk</NOTES></RECORD></RECORDS></XML>