Seamless Traceability without Compromise

P. Mason and A. Tianvorakoon (Thailand)

Keywords

Software Engineering, Traceability, CASE Tools

Abstract

Traceability is the term used for mechanisms to record and subsequently navigate – ideally in a seamless fashion - relationships between any artifacts produced by systems development processes. Simple in theory! However, in practice the range of disjoint CASE tools engineers use to express and store these artifacts – and the lack of interoperability between them – mean seamless traceability is literally something of an ideal, tempered by numerous compromises. This paper presents a framework known as MAST (Meta modelling Approach to System Traceability) that provides a possible solution to this problem. Building on and updating theoretical work previously proposed by this author [1], we demonstrate practical realisation of the framework.

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