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Article (Wohlrab2020) Wohlrab, R.; Pelliccione, P.; Shahrokni, A. & Knauss, E. Why and How Your Traceability Should Evolve: Insights from an Automotive Supplier

Journal article
Authors Rebekka Wohlrab
Patrizio Pelliccione
Ali Shahrokni
Eric Knauss
Published in IEEE Software
ISSN 0740-7459
Publication year 2020
Published at Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (GU)
Language en
Keywords Tracing, Software Engineering Process, Organizational management and coordination
Subject categories Software Engineering


Traceability is a key enabler of various activities in automotive software and systems engineering and required by several standards. However, most existing traceability management approaches do not consider that traceability is situated in constantly changing development contexts involving multiple stakeholders. Together with an automotive supplier, we analyzed how technology, business, and organizational factors raise the need for flexible traceability. We present how traceability can be evolved in the development lifecycle, from early elicitation of traceability needs to the implementation of mature traceability strategies. Moreover, we shed light on how traceability can be managed flexibly within an agile team and more formally when crossing team borders and organizational borders. Based on these insights, we present requirements for flexible tool solutions, supporting varying levels of data quality, change propagation, versioning, and organizational traceability.

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