Nitish Patkar

I am a PhD student at SCG since March 2018. Before joining SCG I finished my masters from Universität Paderborn, and particularly I was a part of the S-Lab where I did my research seminars, my masters project and my masters thesis.

Masters thesis

I wrote my master thesis under Dr. Simon Oberthür titled ’Vision Backlog’. Vision backlog successfully attempts to improve requirements elicitation process by engaging end users/clients directly into the elicitation activities. It combines multiple concepts and theories like Personas, Theory of Diffusion of Innovation etc. from different disciplines like Design thinking, business studies etc. to compliment conventional elicitation practices. It is aimed at understanding the problem domain and the underlying context to articulate software requirements effectively.

Research Interests

In general I am interested in building software products/web or mobile applications that are usable, viable which give a pleasant experience for its users. Having said that, so far I largely focused on requirements engineering, particularly requirements elicitation and goal directed design process. In goal directed design process domain knowledge, end user needs form the basis of the design. During my PhD I intend to focus on how domain knowledge and domain models can effectively be developed and made an integral part of software development process.

Few of my bibles (links are not for advertisement)

  • The design of everyday things by Don Norman. I started looking closely at things around me after reading and listening to Don Norman. It almost became a habit to check if the things around me are really usable.
  • the phoenix project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford. This book brought a lot of discipline to the way I used to work and think of my work. It talks about DevOps, about managing IT projects, managing your teams and about your priorities regarding the work.
  • How Google works by Eric Schimdt and Jonathan Rosenberg. Again there are good lessons in this book for those who are interested in Startups and managing IT projects and their work culture.
  • About face 3 by Alan Cooper. A book that advocates understanding problem domain and users of the IT products to build softwares that are usable, useful and viable. It guides the readers by explaining how it can be achieved.


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