IDEAS06: In Search of Agility for Impact Analysis: The FIR Artifact (IDEAS06: Em Busca de Agilidade na Análise de Impacto: O Artefato FIR)

Antônio Oliveira (, Manoel Gomes de Mendonça (, Christina von Flach Garcia Chavez (

1Universidade Salvador UNIFACS, Salvador, BA - Brasil.
2Universidade Federal da Bahia UFBA, Salvador, BA - Brasil

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: July 2008
Volume: 6,   Issue: 3 
ISSN: 1548-0992

Requirements Management uses traceability information to maintain the consistency between requirements and between requirements and other software artifacts. Accordingly, the impact analysis technique depends on traceability information for an agile estimative of the implications of requirement changes. The need to be agile imposes specific demands on traceability that may bring difficulties for the management of requirements. This paper presents FIR (Functionality-Information-Rule), an artifact that supports traceability by means of more specialized links, in order to accommodate such demands. A simple example illustrates the applicability of the FIR artifact and is used to discuss some of its benefits and challenges .

Index Terms:
impact analysis, requirements management, traceability, business rules   

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