14th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'06) (2006)
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Sept. 11, 2006 to Sept. 15, 2006
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/RE.2006.5
Kimberly S. Wasson , University of Virginia
The challenges to requirements from linguistic factors are well-known. This work concerns an approach to communicating requirements with greater fidelity among stakeholders through accommodation of cognitive habits and limits. To instantiate this approach, we synthesized linguistic principles into a method to generate high-quality representations of domain concepts to form the base of a project lexicon. The representations are further organized into a knowledge base that records relationships of interest. We hypothesize that the method leads to representations free of certain faults that compromise communicative fidelity. To investigate, we executed a case study in which the method was applied to the domain semantics of a medical device. Our representations compared favorably to pre-existing versions; further, analysis of the artifact as a whole supported new assertions about the application domain. These results indicate that particular language issues can be systematically managed, and that new information is available in the process.
K. S. Wasson, "A Case Study in Systematic Improvement of Language for Requirements," 14th IEEE International Requirements Engineering Conference (RE'06)(RE), Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, 2006, pp. 9-18.