Proceedings of the 7th IEEE International Symposium on High-Assurance Systems Engineering (HASE '02),
IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA, pp. 221-229 (2002)

Towards a Problem-Driven Approach to Perspective-Based Reading 1

T.Y. Chen 2 , Pak-Lok Poon 3 , Sau-Fun Tang 4 , T.H. Tse 5 , and Y.T. Yu 6

[paper from IEEE Xplore | paper from IEEE digital library | technical report TR-2002-01]


The quality of a requirements specification has a great impact on the quality of the software developed. Because of this, a requirements specification should be complete, correct, consistent, and unambiguous. Otherwise, defects may remain undetected, resulting in the delivery of a faulty software product to the users. Motivated by this, Basili et al. have developed the perspective-based reading (PBR) technique to help identify defects in requirements specifications. In this paper, we propose a problem-driven approach for supporting the PBR technique. We also discuss the experience of applying our proposal to a real-life requirements specification.

Keywords: Classification-Tree Method, Defect-Based Reading, Perspective-Based Reading, Requirements Inspection, Software Inspection

1. This work is supported in part by grants of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (project nos. 104801 and 702901), a grant of the Innovation and Technology Fund (project no. UIM/77), and a research and conference grant of The University of Hong Kong.
2. Centre for Software Analysis and Testing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn 3122, Australia.
3. Department of Accountancy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
4. Department of Finance, and Decision Sciences, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.
5. (Corresponding author.)
Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.
6. Department of Computer Science, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.


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