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What are the Features of this Software?

  • Application systems are often advertised with features, and features are used heavily for requirements man- agement. However, often software manufacturers only have incomplete information about the features of their software. The information is distributed over different sources, such as requirements documents, issue trackers, user manuals, and code. In this paper, we research the occurrence of feature information in open source software engineering data. We report on a case study with three open source systems. We analyze what information about features can be found in issue trackers and user documentation. Furthermore, we study the abstraction levels on which the features are described, how feature information is related, and we discuss the possibility to discover such information semi-automatically. To mirror the diversity of software development contexts, we choose open source systems, which are quite different, e.g., in the rigor of issue tracker usage. The results differ accordingly. One main result is that the user documentation did not provide more accurate information than the issue tracker compared to a provided feature list. The results also give hints on how the management of feature relevant information can be supported.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Language:English
Author:Barbara Paech, Paul Hübner, Thorsten Merten
Parent Title (English):Mannaert, Lavazza (Eds.): ICSEA 2014, The Ninth International Conference on Software Engineering Advances. Nice, France, October 12-16, 2014
First Page:97
Last Page:106
ISBN:978-1-61208-367-4
URL:http://www.thinkmind.org/index.php?view=article&articleid=icsea_2014_4_30_10270
Publisher:ThinkMind
Date of first publication:2014/10/12
Tag:feature; issue tracker; mininig software repositories; requirements management; user documentation
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Informatik
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Entry in this database:2016/04/22