Published in Proceedings of the 32nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: Maui, HI, Volume Track 7, January 5, 1999. 10 pages. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.1999.772848.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Franz Kurfess was affiliated with the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Currently, August 2008, he is Professor of Computer Science at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo .
This paper describes a distributed software requirements gathering methodology dealing with knowledge management for environmentally safer production and lifecycle aspects of tank ammunition. A requirements elicitation methodology is adapted and implemented as a distributed access tool on the Internet. This tool is used for gathering the requirements related information for a specific ammunition production process. During product development, requirements negotiation is the process where the customer needs are identified. This process is regarded as one of the most important parts of building a system because during this stage it is decided precisely what will be built. The concept has been extended from software centered systems to manufacturing processes, and also towards higher level concerns such as environmental awareness to be represented in the requirements of the product or system. The knowledge about what to build develops and evolves as a result of a collaborative requirement entry by different types of users and developers