Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Burch, Reuben F., V

Committee Member

Strawderman, Lesley

Committee Member

Smith, Brian

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access



Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Practical modern product development, specifically rapid, lean efforts to create new disrupting or specialized products, face constraints that require modified requirements elicitation (RE) techniques. Requirements elicitation conventions have not been updated to address the challenges of these approaches, and industry practitioners lack the tools to select the most efficient techniques. This study examines the RE approaches performed by three resource-limited teams conducting discontinuous new product development through a multi-case study to identify gaps between the literature and practice, with suggestions to fill them. Our findings suggest modern RE practices and challenges closely reflect those found by studies on RE in agile development, highlighted by a limited variety of techniques and a focus on user feedback despite user unavailability, resulting in partially complete and validated requirements. We suggest further investigation into practical technique selection, development of technique metrics, and a technique selection literature review to practitioners prior to RE.