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An analysis of the requirements traceability problem

Gotel, O.; Finkelstein, A.; (1994) An analysis of the requirements traceability problem. In: Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Requirements Engineering. (pp. pp. 94-101). IEEE Computer Society Press Green open access

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In this paper1, we investigate and discuss the underlying nature of the requirements traceability problem. Our work is based on empirical studies, involving over 100 practitioners, and an evaluation of current support. We introduce the distinction between pre-requirements specification (pre-RS) traceability and post-requirements specification (post-RS) traceability, to demonstrate why an all-encompassing solution to the problem is unlikely, and to provide a framework through which to understand its multifaceted nature. We report how the majority of the problems attributed to poor requirements traceability are due to inadequate pre-RS traceability and show the fundamental need for improvements here. In the remainder of the paper, we present an analysis of the main barriers confronting such improvements in practice, identify relevant areas in which advances have been (or can be) made, and make recommendations for research.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: An analysis of the requirements traceability problem
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: ©1994 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Keywords: requirements traceability, pre-requirements specification traceability, post-requirements specification traceability, requirements engineering practice, requirements traceability tools
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/749
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