Requirements Management with Semantic Technology: An Empirical Study on Automated Requirements Categorization and Conflict Analysis

T Moser, D. Winkler, M. Heindl, S. Biffl:
"Requirements Management with Semantic Technology: An Empirical Study on Automated Requirements Categorization and Conflict Analysis";
Vortrag: Advanced Information Systems Engineering 23rd International Conference (CAiSE 2011), London, United Kingdom; 20.06.2011 - 24.06.2011; in:"Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'11)", Springer, LNCS 6741 (2011), ISBN: 978-3-642-21639-8; S. 3 - 17.

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Abstract:


Requirements managers aim at keeping the set of requirements con-sistent and up to date throughout the project by conducting the following tasks: requirements categorization, requirements conflict analysis, and requirements tracing. However, the manual conduct of these tasks takes significant effort and is error-prone. In this paper we propose to use semantic technology as founda-tion for automating the requirements management tasks and introduce the on-tology-based reporting approach OntRep. We evaluate the effectiveness and ef-fort the OntRep approach based on a real-world industrial empirical study with professional Austrian IT project managers. Major results were that OntRep pro-vides reasonable capabilities for the automated categorization of requirements, was when compared to a manual approach considerably more effective to iden-tify conflicts, and produced less false positives with similar effort.