Process for Applying Derived Property Based Traceability Framework in Software and Systems Development Life Cycle

  • Saulius Pavalkis
  • Lina Nemuraite
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 403)


For implementing the idea of applying derived properties for tracing project artifacts, the Derived Property Based Traceability Framework was created that consists of Model-Driven Domain Specific Language (DSL) engine for extending UML with derived property specifications, traceability schemas, and traceability analysis means. Traceability schemas may be generic, suitable for every purpose, but they often are characteristic to a development method, modeling language or a particular project. The paper presents a process for applying the Derived Property Based Traceability Framework consisting of three parts: process for adapting Derived Property Based Traceability solution for development method or Domain Specific Language; process for applying the solution in a development process, and process for automating the maintenance of traceability relations. Process is illustrated with examples from several case studies.


traceability derived properties model-driven development traceability framework 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saulius Pavalkis
    • 1
  • Lina Nemuraite
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Information SystemsKaunas University of TechnologyKaunasLithuania

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