Requirements Traceability: A Systematic Review and Industry Case Study
by R. Torkar, T. Gorschek, R. Feldt, M. Svahnberg, U. Akbar Raja and K. Kamran
Requirements traceability enables software engineers to trace a requirement from its emergence to its fulfillment. In this paper we examine requirements traceability definitions, challenges, tools and techniques, by the use of a systematic review performing an exhaustive search through the years 1997--2007. We present a number of common definitions, challenges, available tools and techniques (presenting empirical evidence when found), while complementing the results and analysis with a static validation in industry through a series of interviews.


  author =    "Richard Torkar and Tony Gorschek and Robert Feldt and Mikael Svahnberg and Uzair Akbar Raja and Kashif Kamran",
  title =     "Requirements traceability: {A} systematic review and industry case study",
  year =      "2012",
  month =     "",
  journal =   "Int. Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering (IJSEKE)",
  volume =    "22",
  issue =     "3",
  pages =     "1-49",
  publisher = "",
  keywords =  "Requirements Engineering; Traceability; Empirical study",
  keywords =  "Industrial case study",
  doi =       "10.1142/S0218194012005846",
  url =       ""