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Change Handling Criteria for the Assessment of Requirements and Design Methods

Lookup NU author(s): Robert Sugden, Dr Margaret Strens



This paper describes criteria for assessing methods, processes, tools and techniques for requirements engineering and design for their ability to handle change. The approach taken is to identify change management problems and actions for dealing with change within our case studies, and thereby identify the issues and strategies on which the criteria are based. Four sets of criteria are developed that test whether a method can contribute to the goal of minimising the adverse impact of change. Firstly there are strategy-specific criteria for each of the three strategies employed to reduce the impact of change, namely identifying change early in the lifecycle, facilitating the incorporation of change and reducing change. In addition there are utility and context criteria, which may act as constraints, and finally basic criteria that embody the fundamental properties of methods in general. Guidelines are proposed for the use of the criteria as a checklist.

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Author(s): Sugden RC, Strens MR

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1995

Pages: 14

Print publication date: 01/06/1995

Source Publication Date: June 1995

Report Number: 521

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne