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23 March 2012

Impediments to Requirements-Compliance in Contractual Systems Engineering Projects

Location: Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Prof Nazim Madhavjis - Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada

Large-scale contractual systems engineering projects often need to comply with a myriad of government regulations and standards as part of contractual fulfilment. A key activity in the RE process for such a project is to demonstrate requirements-compliance, i.e., all relevant requirements have been elicited from the regulatory documents and have been traced. However, there are impediments in achieving compliance due to such factors as: voluminous contract, large number of regulatory documents, and multi-domain system. Little empirical research has been conducted on identifying these impediments. Through a case study of an industrial RE project, we identified a number of key impediments to requirements-compliance in a large-scale systems engineering project. In this talk, I will describe these impediments, interpret them, and describe their implications. This work is being done in conjunction with my doctoral student Nekvi Rashed and industrial collaborators. Bio: Nazim H. Madhavji is Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, England, in 1980. His research interests includes: software requirements, software architectures, evolution of software, software quality and measurements, defect tracking and analysis, congruence between software products and processes, and empirical studies. He has led a number of research projects in software engineering, involving corporations such as IBM Canada, Sun Microsystems, DMR Group, CAE Electronics, Transport Canada, Siemens Corporation, and CRIM, and was a Principal Investigator in several multi-university projects. He is the principal editor of the 27-chapter book "Software Evolution and Feedback: Theory and Practice" with Juan F. Ramil and Dewayne Perry, John Wiley, 2006. He is an Editor (with Khaled El Emam) of the book: "Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement", IEEE Computer Society Press, 1999. He is on the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals. He has published widely in many international scientific conferences and journals and his papers have been ranked among the best papers of conferences. He is a consultant to several organisations in the field of software and is a consultant to several universities internationally in the areas of Software Engineering research, pedagogy, and faculty development.

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