A systematic literature review of pre-requirements specification traceability

Mucha J, Kaufmann A, Riehle D (2024)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2024


DOI: 10.1007/s00766-023-00412-z

Open Access Link: https://rdcu.be/dxcvI


Requirements traceability (RT) is the ability to link requirements to other software development artifacts. In pre-requirements (pre-RS) traceability, requirements are linked to their origin, such as interviews with stakeholders, meeting protocols, or legacy systems. Compared with post-RS traceability, which links requirements to source code and other later artifacts, pre-RS traceability has seen much less research. This article presents a systematic literature review of pre-RS traceability based on 77 articles published between 1992 and 2022, aiming to provide a comprehensive overview of its use cases, benefits, problems, and solutions. Through the analysis of existing literature, this review identifies gaps for future research and establishes a foundation for future investigations in the field of pre-RS traceability.

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Mucha, J., Kaufmann, A., & Riehle, D. (2024). A systematic literature review of pre-requirements specification traceability. Requirements Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00766-023-00412-z


Mucha, Julia, Andreas Kaufmann, and Dirk Riehle. "A systematic literature review of pre-requirements specification traceability." Requirements Engineering (2024).

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