The Grand Challenge of Traceability (v1.0)

  • Orlena Gotel
  • Jane Cleland-Huang
  • Jane Huffman Hayes
  • Andrea Zisman
  • Alexander Egyed
  • Paul Grünbacher
  • Alex Dekhtyar
  • Giuliano Antoniol
  • Jonathan Maletic


This chapter 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) demands progress with all seven other challenges. A model of a generic traceability process is used as a framework through which the goals and requirements of each challenge are expressed. For each requirement, the current status of the traceability research and practice is summarised, and areas of promise are highlighted. This systematic analysis is used to articulate eight major research themes for the traceability community, along with a number of underlying research topics and positive adoption practices for industry. This work is a snapshot of an ongoing and collaborative effort between traceability researchers and practitioners within the Center of Excellence for Software Traceability. It is intended to form a structured agenda for traceability research and practice, a basis for classifying research contributions and a means to track progress in the field.


Grand Challenge Trace Link Traceability Solution Integrate Development Environment Capability Maturity Model Integration 
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The authors would like to thank all the participants of the two initial traceability workshops in which the initial grand challenges for traceability were explored (at NASA’s IV&V facility in the Summer of 2006, and in Lexington, Kentucky in the Spring of 2007). They would also like to thank NASA and the NSF for funding these original workshops (NASA grant number NNX06AD02G and NSF grant number 0647443).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Orlena Gotel
    • 1
  • Jane Cleland-Huang
    • 2
  • Jane Huffman Hayes
    • 3
  • Andrea Zisman
    • 4
  • Alexander Egyed
    • 5
  • Paul Grünbacher
    • 6
  • Alex Dekhtyar
    • 7
  • Giuliano Antoniol
    • 8
  • Jonathan Maletic
    • 9
  1. 1.New YorkUSA
  2. 2.DePaul University, School of ComputingChicagoUSA
  3. 3.University of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  4. 4.School of Informatics, City University LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.Johannes Kepler University LinzLinzAustria
  6. 6.Systems Engineering and AutomationJohannes Kepler University LinzLinzAustria
  7. 7.California Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA
  8. 8.École Polytechnique de MontréalMontréalCanada
  9. 9.Kent State UniversityKentUSA

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