An Analysis of Traceability in Requirements Documents

Kenji TAKAHASHI  Shuichiro YAMAMOTO  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E78-D   No.4   pp.394-402
Publication Date: 1995/04/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Software Systems
Keyword: 
requirements analysis,  traceability semantic network,  empirical study,  

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Summary: 
We study the correspondence between problem descriptions and requirements specification documents derived from them. Based on the results of this investigation, a model that integrates the problem space and the requirements specification space is developed. This integration is based on a semantic network representation. We also propose a model of the requirements elicitation process that is consistent with our empirical studies of traceability in requirements documents. In this process, analysts derived requirements specifications from incomplete and ambiguous problem descriptions given by customers, identify missing information, completed it, and then decide the system boundaries that define which part of the problem descriptions to implement as the target system. The model can be used to complete problem descriptions given by customers and determine the system boundaries.