Traceability fundamentals

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

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This chapter seeks to provide a reference resource on traceability fundamentals. It defines the essential traceability terminology of trace, trace artifact, trace link, traceability and tracing, and is supplemented by an extensive glossary that has been developed and endorsed by members of the traceability community. This chapter also offers a model of a generic traceability process and describes the essential activities involved in the life cycle of a trace. This model has been used as a frame of reference for articulating the grand challenge of traceability, as reported in the chapter by Gotel et al. of this book. The chapter also describes the basic types of traceability and explains a number of key associated concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoftware and Systems Traceability
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781447122395
StatePublished - Oct 1 2012

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© 2012 Springer-Verlag London Limited. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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