Improving Traceability in Distributed Collaborative Software Development

Improving Traceability in Distributed Collaborative Software Development

Reihe: Informationstechnologie und Ökonomie - Band 33

Erscheinungsjahr: 2008

Autor: Tobias Hildenbrand

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XXIV, 379 pp., num. tables and graphs

ISBN 978-3-631-58474-3


Due to increasing global demand for software applications, the fundamental question of how to develop software collaboratively and most efficiently on a global scale is raised. Today, especially managing requirements traceability from elicitation to implementation constitutes a major issue. Therefore, this work aims at managing traces between different kinds of artifacts and stakeholders more effectively and efficiently in distributed collaborative software development environments. The overall contribution involves designing a novel solution approach, including conceptual, methodological, and tool-based components. Its applicability and utility are evaluated both analytically and empirically, eventually in the form of an experimental setting with 17 replicated development teams.


Existing approaches to distributed collaborative software development and traceability and rationale management - Requirements analysis, solution design, and implementation - Evaluation and discussion of the overall results.


Tobias Hildenbrand was born in Tuttlingen in 1978. In 2004, he received a master's degree in business information systems («Diplom-Wirtschaftsinformatiker») at the University of Mannheim. He conducted the underlying research to this book as an assistant and doctoral candidate at the University of Mannheim as well as the University of California, Irvine (USA) between 2004 and 2008.