Title page for ETD etd-09112004-210405

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Magsarjav, Ulziidelger
Author's Email Address ulzi@vt.edu
URN etd-09112004-210405
Title Requirements Documents Evolution and Synchronization with Activities in the Refined Requirements Generation Model
Degree Master of Science
Department Computer Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Arthur, James D. Committee Chair
Balci, Osman Committee Member
Ehrich, Roger W. Committee Member
  • software engineering
  • requirements documents
  • requirements evolution
  • requirements generation
Date of Defense 2004-09-10
Availability unrestricted

Over the past few years the real importance of requirements engineering has surfaced; hence, much research is now being directed towards generating quality requirements. However, the existing requirements generation models do not sufficiently stress the importance of identifying intermediate requirements documents. In addition, the models rarely specify how those documents support the objectives of the related activities. Moreover, the current models fail to depict how requirements are transformed, in terms of content and format, as we transition through the requirements engineering process.

To address these concerns, we propose a comprehensive requirements generation model consisting of two main parts - (1) a refined set of activities (of the model) with explicitly enunciated objectives, and (2) a detailed characterization of requirements documents generated throughout the requirements engineering process.

The proposed model refines the Requirements Generations Model (RGM) into detailed activities to reflect an appropriate level of abstraction, so that we can more accurately represent the intermediate development of the requirements documents. Furthermore, the objectives of the activities are identified, and subsequently, synchronized with the content and format of the documents produced by each activity. The evolution of the requirements is described, in terms of content and format, as the requirements documents pass through the successive activities of the requirements engineering process.

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