Requirements tracing to support change in dynamically adaptive systems

Kristopher Welsh, Peter Sawyer

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[Context and motivation] All systems are susceptible to the need for change, with the desire to operate in changeable environments driving the need for software adaptation. A Dynamically Adaptive System (DAS) adjusts its behaviour autonomously at runtime in order to accommodate changes in its operating environment, which are anticipated in the system?s requirements specification. [Question/Problem] In this paper, we argue that Dynamic Adaptive Systems? requirements specifications are more susceptible to change than those of traditional static systems. We propose an extension to i* strategic rationale models to aid in changing a DAS. [Principal Ideas/Results] By selecting some of the types of tracing proposed for the most complex systems and supporting them for DAS modelling, it becomes possible to handle change to a DAS? requirements efficiently, whilst still allowing artefacts to be stored in a Requirements Management tool to mitigate additional complexity. [Contribution] The paper identifies different classes of change that a DAS? requirements may be subjected to, and illustrates with a case study how additional tracing information can support the making of each class of change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRequirements Engineering: Foundation for Software Quality
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783642020490
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


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