The Benefits of Requirements Traceability in Application Development

blog-140711-the-benefits-of-traceabilityThe phrase "traceability" is used in many industries for instance in Supply Chain Management where the transparency of processes, and the ability to accurately track changes is essential.

In the software development lifecycle (SDLC), traceability primarily refers to the traceability of requirements throughout application development. This helps ensure that the delivered software fulfills all requirements and therefore helps prevent failures. Traceability is a key stipulation of efficient software requirements management.

Naturally, software always contains bugs that need to be fixed, but traceability helps locate and fix these bugs, thus minimizing failures. Overall, traceability helps deliver software that meets business requirements on time and on budget. Requirements traceability is a critically important element in application development.

The traceability of requirements provides benefits in two key areas:

  1. Providing context for the development team. It also defines the expectations of the testing team to help implementation and specification.
  2. Helps ensure the team is not only building the product right, but are also building the right product.

Advanced requirements traceability has the potential to increase team motivation and customer satisfaction, while also streamlining your development lifecycle.

Traceability in the context of the software development lifecycle means an ability to ensure that:

  1. All requirements are defined
  2. Accepted requirements are broken down into development and test tasks, with references to each other
  3. Source code is reviewed based on acceptance criteria during development
  4. Changes at any time during the development lifecycle are traced, and collaboration is ensured
  5. Test are performed and release is ready for deployment on time.

How do businesses benefit from implementing a traceability solution?

  • All goals are traced as per the completeness of requirements
  • Change management ensures easier impact analysis, and improved risk management
  • Helps avoid quality and acceptance problems
  • Enables further improvement of both the product and its development processes
  • Save time, costs, and effort during development
  • Reduces wasted time due to fewer failures, and a decreased chance of project overrun
  • Helps ensure compliance with industry standards (ISO, IEC, FDA, CMMI, etc.)
  • Promotes quicker impact analysis for risk time and cost deviations

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