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VR-V&V : Immersive Verification and Validation Support for Traceability Exemplified with ReqIF, ArchiMate, and Test Coverage

  • To build quality into a software (SW) system necessitates supporting quality-related lifecycle activities during the software development. In software engineering, software Verification and Validation (V&V) processes constitute an inherent part of Software Quality Assurance (SQA) processes. A subset of the V&V activities involved are: 1) bidirectional traceability analysis of requirements to design model elements, and 2) software testing. Yet the complex nature of large SW systems and the dependencies involved in both design models and testing present a challenge to current V&V tools and methods regarding support for trace analysis. One of software’s essential challenges remains its invisibility, which also affects V&V activities. This paper contributes VR-V&V, a Virtual Reality (VR) solution concept towards supporting immersive V&V activities. By visualizing requirements, models, and testing artifacts with dependencies and trace relations immersively, they are intuitively accessible to a larger stakeholder audience such as SQA personnel while supporting digital cognition. Our prototype realization shows the feasibility of supporting immersive bidirectional traceability as well as immersive software test coverage and analysis. The evaluation results are based on a case study demonstrating its capabilities, in particular traceability support was performed with ReqIF, ArchiMate models, test results, test coverage, and test source to test target dependencies.

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Author:Roy OberhauserORCiD
Source Title (English):International Journal on Advances in Systems and Measurements
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2023
Release Date:2024/01/16
Tag:software requirements traceability; software test traceability; software verification and validation; virtual reality; visualization
Issue:3 & 4
Number of Pages:13
First Page:103
Last Page:115
Faculty:Elektronik und Informatik
Open Access:Open Access
Relevance:peer reviewed
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt