22nd ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (FSE 2014), November 16–21, 2014, Hong Kong, China

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Visions and Challenges
FSE Track
Auditorium
Achieving Lightweight Trustworthy Traceability
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Preprint
Abstract: Despite the fact that traceability is a required element of almost all safety-critical software development processes, the trace data is often incomplete, inaccurate, redundant, conflicting, and outdated. As a result, it is neither trusted nor trustworthy. In this vision paper we propose a philosophical change in the traceability landscape which transforms traceability from a heavy-weight process producing untrusted trace links, to a light-weight results-oriented trustworthy solution. Current traceability practices which retard agility are cast away and replaced with a disciplined, just-in-time approach. The novelty of our solution lies in a clear separation of trusted trace links from untrusted ones, the change in perspective from `living-with' inacurate traces toward rigorous and ongoing debridement of stale links from the trusted pool, and the notion of synthesizing available `project exhaust' as evidence to systematically construct or reconstruct purposed, highly-focused trace links.

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