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Contribution structures offer a way to model the network of people who have participated in the requirements engineering process. They further provide the opportunity to extend conventional forms of artifact-based requirements traceability with the traceability of contributing personnel. In this paper, we describe a case study that investigated the(More)
For anything but the simplest of software systems, the ease and costs associated with change management can become critical to the success of a project. Establishing traceability initially can demand questionable effort, but sustaining this traceability as changes occur can be a neglected matter altogether. Without conscious effort, traceability relations(More)
It is widely assumed that following a process is a good thing if you want to achieve and exploit the benefits of traceability on a software development project. A core component of any such process is the definition and use of a traceability information model. Such models provide guidance as to those software development artifacts to collect and those(More)
Traceability is demanded within mature development processes and offers a wide range of advantages. Nevertheless, there are deterrents to establishing traceability: it can be painstaking to achieve initially and then subject to almost instantaneous decay. To be effective, this is clearly an investment that should be retained. We therefore focus on reducing(More)
This technical report offers a vision for traceability in software and systems engineering and outlines eight challenges that need to be addressed in order to achieve it. One of these challenges is referred to as the grand challenge of traceability because making traceability ubiquitous in software and systems development (traceability challenge eight)(More)
Software traceability is a sought-after, yet often elusive quality in software-intensive systems. Required in safety-critical systems by many certifying bodies, such as the USA Federal Aviation Authority, software traceability is an essential element of the software development process. In practice, traceability is often conducted in an ad-hoc,(More)
An accurate set of traceability relations between software development artifacts is desirable to support evolutionary development. However, even where an initial set of traceability relations has been established, their maintenance during subsequent development activities is time consuming and error prone, which results in traceability decay. This paper(More)