Speeding up requirements management in a product software company: linking customer wishes to product requirements through linguistic engineering

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Developing large complex software products aimed for a broad market involves a great flow of wishes and requirements. The former are elicited from customers while the latter are brought forth by the developing organization. These are preferably kept separated to preserve the different perspectives. The interrelationships should however be identified and maintained to enable well-founded decisions. Unfortunately, the current manual linkage is cumbersome, time-consuming, and error-prone. This paper presents a pragmatic linguistic engineering approach to how statistical natural language processing may be used to support the manual linkage between customer wishes and product requirements by suggesting potential links. An evaluation with real requirements from industry is presented. It shows that in a realistic setting, automatic support could make linkage faster for at least 50% of the links. An estimation based on our evaluation also shows that considerable time savings are possible. The results, together with the identified enhancement, are promising for improving software quality and saving time in industrial requirements engineering


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Titel på värdpublikationProceedings. 12th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
FörlagIEEE--Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (tryckt)0-7695-2174-6
StatusPublished - 2004
Peer review utfördJa
EvenemangProceedings. 12th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference - Kyoto, Japan
Varaktighet: 2004 sep 62004 sep 11


KonferensProceedings. 12th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference


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