What happened to our features? visualization and understanding of scope change dynamics in a large-scale industrial setting

Krzysztof Wnuk, Björn Regnell, Lena Karlsson

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When developing software platforms for product lines, decisions
on which features to implement are affected by factors
such as changing markets and evolving technologies. Effective
scoping thus requires continuous assessment of how changes
in the domain impact scoping decisions. Decisions may have
to be changed as circumstances change, resulting in a dynamic
evolution of the scope of software asset investments. This paper
presents an industrial case study in a large-scale setting
where a technique called Feature Survival Charts for visualization
of scoping change dynamics has been implemented and
evaluated in three projects. The evaluation demonstrated that
the charts can effectively focus investigations of reasons behind
scoping decisions, valuable for future process improvements.
A set of scoping measurements is also proposed, analyzed theoretically
and evaluated empirically with data from the cases.
The conclusions by the case company practitioners are positive,
and the solution is integrated with their current requirements
engineering measurement process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3761-0
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event17th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 2009 Sept 12 → …

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1090-705X


Conference17th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period2009/09/12 → …

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Computer Science

Free keywords

  • requirements visualisation
  • requirements management
  • large-scale requirements engineering
  • empirical study


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