First Advisor

Eugster, Ernest

Second Advisor

Plantz-Masters, Shari

Third Advisor

Hart, Douglas I.


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Database Technologies


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

62 pages


As the field of Engineering has expanded, researchers and practitioners have shown increasing interest in the role of high quality Requirements Engineering (RE) in the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and its impact in determining project success. Traditionally, the literature has been dominated by an effort to establish a wider acceptance of the scenario based approach. New ideas, however, are emerging within the past decade which shows researchers presenting various ways that narrative storytelling might be applied to the scenario based approach. This project contributes to the latest wave of literature that looks at narrative and the scenario based approach to requirements. It examines how screenwriting techniques complementary to the Cooperative Requirements Engineering With Scenarios (CREWS) framework could create advantages when building essential scenarios for requirements elicitation. It shows how screenwriting can be a critical solution technology used in the requirements task of elicitation. These findings verify B. Norden's (2007) previously unproven claim that screenwriting techniques can be used in a Requirements Engineering process. This study, for the first time, compiles the work of the two leading screenwriting authorities R. McKee (1997) and S. Field (2005), showing that there is a coherent screenwriting process. Using the well established CREWS framework, the results show that screenwriting methods are a viable way to generate elicitation scenarios.

Date of Award

Fall 2010

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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