Seamless Traceability WITHOUT Compromise

P. Mason and A. Tianvorakoon (Thailand)


Software Engineering, Traceability, CASE Tools


Traceability is the term used for mechanisms to record and subsequently navigate – ideally in a seamless fashion relationships between any artifacts produced by systems development processes. Simple in theory! However, in practice the range of disjoint CASE tools engineers use to express and store these artifacts – and the lack of interoperability between them – mean seamless traceability is literally something of an ideal, tempered by numerous compromises. This paper presents a framework known as MAST (Meta modelling Approach to System Traceability) that provides a possible solution to this problem. Building on and updating theoretical work previously proposed by this author [1], we demonstrate practical realisation of the framework.

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