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Towards Automated Traceability Assessment through Augmented Lifecycle Space

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Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement (EuroSPI 2016)

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The assessment and improvement of the satisfaction of traceability requirements during the development of software in general and of safety-critical software in particular is demanding and costly. The special requirements are reflected in software process related general and industry specific standards and the popular agile approaches as well. It is imminent, for practical and logical reasons, that there is a need for the automation of the assessment of the completeness and consistency of traceability as far as possible. In addition to highlighting experienced weaknesses of current either homogeneous or heterogeneous tool environments intending to support development lifecycle traceability, this paper outlines new solutions and suggests the exploitation of emerging technologies for the automation of traceability assessment and improvement.

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The authors are grateful for the support of Research and Innovation Center of Óbuda University. The work is supported by the European Research Council Starting Grant ERC-StG 679681.

The research reported in this paper has been supported by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, and the Province of Upper Austria in the frame of the COMET center SCCH.

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Biró, M., Klespitz, J., Gmeiner, J., Illibauer, C., Kovács, L. (2016). Towards Automated Traceability Assessment through Augmented Lifecycle Space. In: Kreiner, C., O'Connor, R., Poth, A., Messnarz, R. (eds) Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement. EuroSPI 2016. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 633. Springer, Cham.

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