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The Role of Requirements Traceability in System Development

The Role of Requirements Traceability in System Development

Experience has shown that the ability to trace requirements artifacts through the stages of specification, architecture, design, implementation, and testing is a significant factor in assuring a quality software implementation. The ability to track these relationships and analyze the impact when change occurs is common to many modern, high-assurance software processes -- particularly in the life-critical medical products area and in business- or mission-critical activities


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Sandy Houston
Sandy Houston (Student)
16 years ago
I spent 15 - 20 reading the material. It is very informative in showing the
relationship between use case models and requirements study. The article is
detailed in regard to requirements discovery and the user?s role. This
article is a good supplement to the Systems Analysis course I am taking.

Jessica Fitzsimmons
16 years ago
Spent 30 minutes carefully reading through webpage. The information was great,
but as a new software engineering student, much of the terminology was not
second nature and I had to pay close attention to what I was reading. The
author started at a general view of requirements traceability and with each
section got a little more detailed. It was nice to be eased into the topic
instead of thrown into it. The author had several graphics which adequately
illustrates the concepts. Although this material was very informational, it
should not be used in the classroom. The level of the intended audience is
slightly higher than a new student. It would however make an excellent outside
course reading for someone with the motivation to take it to the next level.
Used in course? Yes