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Improving Traceability by Focusing on Value during Development



Stefan Cedergren, Stig Larsson

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


1st International Workshop on Value-Based Software Traceability (VALSOT 2011)


Product delivering companies invest resources in software development activities in order to create value. Still, when performance in software development is to be measured, focus easily turns to time, cost, and quality in the later stages of the development process. Time, cost, and quality are important dimensions of performance but they are not revealing the complete picture. Missing is the value perspective. This paper outlines a method for how customer value can be used to evaluate performance and improve traceability during the development of a new product. The first step in the method is to value each requirement in the development project according to their perceived customer value. Hence, the value propagation can be monitored as the activities related the requirements are completed during the development. This information can then be used in order to improve traceability by visualizing the value propagation and performance during the development. The paper is concluded with outlining four key needs for future research.


author = {Stefan Cedergren and Stig Larsson},
title = {Improving Traceability by Focusing on Value during Development},
month = {May},
year = {2011},
booktitle = {1st International Workshop on Value-Based Software Traceability (VALSOT 2011)},
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