An Automated Change Impact Analysis Approach to GRL Models

  • Hasan Salim Alkaf
  • Jameleddine HassineEmail author
  • Abdelwahab Hamou-Lhadj
  • Luay Alawneh
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10567)


Goal-oriented approaches to requirements engineering have gained momentum with the development of many frameworks, methods, and tools. As stakeholders’ needs evolve, goal models evolve quickly and undergo many changes in order to accommodate the rapid changes of stakeholders’ goals, technologies, and business environments. Therefore, there is a need for mechanisms to identify and analyze the impact of changes in goal models. In this paper, we propose a Change Impact Analysis (CIA) approach to Goal-oriented Requirements Language (GRL), part of ITU-T’s User Requirement Notation (URN) standard. Given a suggested modification within a given GRL model, our approach allows for the identification of all impacted GRL elements within the targeted model as well as across all GRL models that are linked to it through URN Links. Furthermore, the proposed approach allows for the identification of the potentially impacted GRL evaluation strategies. The developed GRL-based CIA approach is implemented as a feature within the Eclipse-based jUCMNav framework. We demonstrate the applicability of our approach using two real-world GRL specifications.



The authors would like to acknowledge the support provided by the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals for funding this work through project No. FT151004.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hasan Salim Alkaf
    • 1
  • Jameleddine Hassine
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdelwahab Hamou-Lhadj
    • 2
  • Luay Alawneh
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Information and Computer ScienceKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDahranSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Electrical and Computer Engineering DepartmentConcordia UniversityMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Department of Software EngineeringJordan University of Science and TechnologyIrbidJordan

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