Using MDM-Methods in order to Improve Managing of Iterationsin Design Processes

DSM 2010: Proceedings of the 12th International DSM Conference, Cambridge, UK, 22.-23.07.2010

Year: 2010
Editor: Wynn, D.C.; Kreimeyer, M.; Eben, K.; Maurer, M.; Lindemann, U.; Clarkson, P.J.
Author: Kortler, S.; Helms, B.; Berkovich, M.; Lindemann, U.; Shea, K.; Leimeister, J.M.; Krcmar, H.
Section: Iteration Management
Page(s): 125-138


In development processes, the requirements engineering (RE) plays a vital role: It is “the process of discovering the purpose of the system-to-be, by identifying stakeholders and their needs, and documenting these in a form that is suitable to analysis, communication, and subsequent implementation”. In order to efficiently translate requirements into properties of the product, it is necessary to integrate the RE with the subsequent steps of the product development process. However, requirements’ changes are often discovered only in the late phases of the development, and this results into a costly modification of all affected parts of the system. In order to react on changes efficiently, it is necessary to develop the requirements and the design in parallel and in a coordinated manner. Up to now, there is no systematic and formal process on how requirements can be transformed into product properties. The particular challenge in this process lies in the iterations between the ongoing refinement of requirements and the design of the properties of the future product. The research presented in this paper aims to tackle this challenge with a formal procedural method that builds on matrix-based methods. Based on the interpretation of structural criteria, this approach guides that iterative process.

Keywords: MDM, Requirements Engineering, Cycles in Innovation Processes, Design Processes


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