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Broader and Long-term Effects

Implications for the scientific fields, development of national and international cooperation and other effects

Our study on the effects of requirements traceability for software maintenance was the first major attempt to measure the effect of traceability in that area. We could demonstrate that there is a considerable reduction in effort and rise in correctness when traceability is used during software maintenance. Our detailed analysis of how traceability was used to perform software maintenance tasks will help building more user-friendly and supportive tools.

Similarly, our advances on pattern matching in models, on visual traceability queries, and on traceability recommendations are all targeted on providing delivering more value to a user that is applying software engineering techniques. We hope that our results will inspire other researchers and ultimately lead to better software development tools.

We made multiple contributions to the traceability research agenda for the next decade. While traceability maintenance was mostly ignored in the past, we were able to emphasize it as a major research issue in the so-called traceability grand challenges research agenda. We contributed our ideas and viewpoints to the definition of fundamental traceability concepts and to an agreed glossary of relevant terms in the area.

A long-term collaboration with Prof. Cleland-Huang from DePaul University in Chicago (see Section 2.3) has emerged from the project and resulted in several publications. This collaboration will continue and we are currently planning the exchange of PhD students between institutions as well as further common publications.