Change Patterns Detection and Traceability Impact Analysis of Business Process Models

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Abstract

Business analysts define business process models for describing a series of tasks to produce services or products to serve business goals. Hence business process models represent business requirements for development of the software that enables automation of the business processes. When tasks in a business process are changed, such changes also trigger changes in the artifacts that have been produced during development of the related software. Analysis of an impact a business process change has on the software is useful for the software project manager and the system analyst to plan the effort to change the artifacts, including the software itself, accordingly. This paper presents a traceability impact analysis using traceability information of the old version of the business process model and its related software artifacts. The impact analysis is based on different patterns of business process changes that are made to the old business process model to create a new version of the model. Detection algorithms are used to identify various patterns of process structure changes so that business process tasks that are changed and software artifacts that would be impacted by the changes can be reported. The paper also discusses a supporting tool and its evaluation.

Keywords

Business process Business process model Change detection Change impact analysis Change patterns Traceability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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