Use case to source code traceability: the developer navigation view point

I. Omoronyia, G. Sindre, M. Roper, J. Ferguson, M. Wood

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Requirements traceability is a challenge for modern software projects where task dependencies and technical expertise are spread across system developers, abstract model representations such as use cases, and a myriad of code artefacts. This paper presents an approach that monitors the navigation trails left by developers when building code artefacts to realise project use cases. These trails are analysed to generate a relevance ranking of entities that constitute a traceability link between uses cases and code artefacts and the developers responsible for them. Investigation in a software development scenario shows that a range of use case traceability questions can be answered through visualisations which present ordered relevance lists of the entities associated with use cases and by the use of trace graphs where the size of nodes show the importance, or 'information centrality' of system entities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference, 2009. RE '09
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-0-7695-3761-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009
EventRE '09. The 17th IEEE International Requirements Conference - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 31 Aug 20094 Sep 2009


ConferenceRE '09. The 17th IEEE International Requirements Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • case to source code traceability
  • developer navigation
  • view point
  • collaborative work
  • visualization
  • software prototyping
  • programming
  • online communities/technical collaboration
  • navigation
  • motion pictures
  • nonitoring
  • knowledge acquisition
  • information science


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