Structural Analysis of Requirements – Interpretation of StructuralCriteria

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: Eben, K.G.M.; Lindemann, U.
Section: Requirements, Reviews and Change Management
Page(s): 249-261


In this paper it is proposed to conduct a structural analysis of requirements by the identification and interpretation of structural criterions. The requirements are modelled in a DSM, while the edges represent the existence of influence on other requirements. Thus, there is only the effort to fill one DSM. Moreover, the importance of single nodes and edges is identified by the analysis of the criterions instead of defining attributes or weights for each relation. The interpretation of different structural criterions can be used to identify significant requirements in a regarded system. Consequently, the definition of tasks in requirements management can be supported. This paper proposes interpretations of structural criterions identified within a network of requirements modelled in a DSM. Thereby, existing interpretations and new found meanings of those criterions are presented. A brief example naming structural significant requirements identified during a current research project is shown.

Keywords: Requirements, Structural Analysis, Structural Criterion, DSM


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