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Reconciling Requirements and Continuous Integration in an Agile Context

  • Version: 1.0
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  • Instances of this tutorial
  • Reviewers:
    • Philippe Collet, Laure Gonnord


In this context we propose a tutorial on Requirements in an Agile context that aims at exploring the boundaries between requirements, specifications, stories, scenarios and tests. Built on top of the presenters experience with respect to agility (taught since 2012 using a project-based approach), it follows the recent work started in the requirement engineering community about agility, from a practical point of view [1,2,3,4].

Revisiting requirements elicitation and bridging the gap between traditional requirements engineering and modern software development (highly based on continuous integration and tests), this tutorial will demonstrate how to
operationalize a fully-fledged tool chain going from user stories to automated acceptance testing using open-source tools. This is applicable to industrial practitioners as we will rely on state of the art tools, and link agile requirements to formal requirement engineering methods.


  • Participants will work in pairs. They need to bring:
    • at least one laptop where the following tools are installed (JDK 1.8, maven, docker, git).
    • pens and papers to write user stories


This tutorial is organized as a 3 hours session, where we will work on a simplified version of the Poker Hands kata available on the coding dojo website.

This repository contains the following material:

  • tutorial: A step-by-step description of this tutorial, for participants;
  • organizers: material for organizers.
  • src: the source code use to kick-start the implementation and test part of the tutorial
  • ci: a turnkey lightweight CI (Continuous Integration) stack
  • publications: papers associated to this tutorial
  • agile-devops-tutorial.pdf: The slides used to support the tutorial

Where to start?

How to contribute to this tutorial?

  • As a participant, give feedback tot the organizer about the contents of the tutorial, by completing the RoTI (Return on Time Invested) board when leaving the room and interacting with the organizers after.
  • As an organizer, do not hesitate to send us a pull request based on your own experience when instantiating this tutorial in your context

Authors' biography

Jean-Michel Bruel is Full Professor at the University of Toulouse (France). He is leading the SM@RT team, specialized in models and language engineering. He has animated several tutorials at MODELS or RE. He has been teaching Agile Methods and Model-Based Systems Engineering for more than 10 years. One of its research interest is to define the semantics of traceability links.

Sébastien Mosser is Associate Professor at Université Côte d’Azur (France). He is coordinating the Software Architecture specialization of the Computer Science MSc, and teaches soft- ware engineering courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. His research interests cover software development and separation of concerns mechanisms.


  1. R. Kasauli, G. Liebel, E. Knauss, S. Gopakumar, and B. Kanagwa, “Requirements engineering challenges in large-scale agile system development”, RE 2017: 352–361.
  2. S. Saito, Y. Iimura, A. K. Massey, and A. I. Anton, “How much undocumented knowledge is there in agile software development?: Case study on industrial project using issue tracking system and version control system” RE 2017: 194–203.
  3. Garm Lucassen, Fabiano Dalpiaz, Jan Martijn E. M. van der Werf, Sjaak Brinkkemper: "The Use and Effectiveness of User Stories in Practice". REFSQ 2016: 205-222
  4. Garm Lucassen, Fabiano Dalpiaz, Jan Martijn E. M. van der Werf, Sjaak Brinkkemper: "Improving agile requirements: the Quality User Story framework and tool". Requir. Eng. 21(3): 383-403 (2016)