Requirements Traceability: A Systematic Review and Industry Case Study

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Review
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Richard Torkar, Tony Gorschek, Robert Feldt, Mikael Svahnberg, Raja Uzair Akbar, Kashif Kamran
Title: Requirements Traceability: A Systematic Review and Industry Case Study
Journal: International Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering
Year: 2012
Volume: 22
Issue: 3
Pagination: 385-433
ISSN: 0218-1940
Publisher: World Scientific
URI/DOI: 10.1142/S021819401250009X
ISI number: 000305905400005
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Computing (Sektionen för datavetenskap och kommunikation)
School of Computing S-371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
Language: English
Abstract: Requirements traceability enables software engineers to trace a requirement from its emergence to its fulfillment. In this paper we examine requirements traceability definitions, challenges, tools and techniques, by the use of a systematic review performing an exhaustive search through the years 1997-2007. We present a number of common definitions, challenges, available tools and techniques (presenting empirical evidence when found), while complementing the results and analysis with a static validation in industry through a series of interviews.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Requirements traceability, systematic review, case study