Biased Toddlers

Manon Penning
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RE Magazine, February 2017

Biased Toddlers; How bias will affect even the simplest of specifications

“Biased? No, as a requirements engineer I strive to be impartial and unbiased”, right? But really being impartial and unbiased is extremely difficult! That is, if it is at all possible. People are influenced by their current belief system, their mental image or models of the world. Those in turn are shaped throughout our lives based on the cultures with which we identify ourselves, our background in terms of education and training, and life’s experiences.