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Hansen, Sean ; Lyytinen, Kalle

Distributed Cognition in the Management of Design Requirements

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In this position statement, we outline a new theoretical framework of the distribution of design requirements processes. Building upon the Theory of Distributed Cognition, we characterize contemporary requirements efforts as distributed cognitive systems in which elements of a design vision are distributed socially, structurally, and temporally. We discuss the various forms of distribution observed in real-world systems development projects and the processes by which representational states are propagated through the system. We conclude with a brief discussion of the implications of the framework for requirements research and practice.

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  author =	{Sean Hansen and Kalle Lyytinen},
  title =	{Distributed Cognition in the Management of Design Requirements},
  booktitle =	{Perspectives Workshop: Science of Design: High-Impact Requirements for Software-Intensive Systems},
  year =	{2009},
  editor =	{Matthias Jarke and Kalle Lyytinen and John Mylopoulos},
  number =	{08412},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik, Germany},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  annote =	{Keywords: Distributed cognition, distributed requirements, COTS software, IT architecture}

Keywords: Distributed cognition, distributed requirements, COTS software, IT architecture
Collection: 08412 - Perspectives Workshop: Science of Design : High-Impact Requirements for Software-Intensive Systems
Issue Date: 2009
Date of publication: 28.04.2009

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