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Generating Software Requirements Specification (IEEE-Std. 830-1998) Document with Use Cases

Generating Software Requirements Specification (IEEE-Std. 830-1998) Document with Use Cases
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Author(s): James L. Goldman (Drexel University, USA), George Abraham (Drexel University, USA)and Il-Yeol Song (Drexel University, USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch127
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


The IEEE Std.830-1998 was created to standardize the software requirements specification document. The aim of an SRS document is to capture requirements in an unambiguous manner in order to facilitate communication between stakeholders. The Use Case approach has become a de-facto standard for capturing functional requirements. IEEE Std.830-1998 provides a structure (template) for documenting the software requirements. But, it does not show how to leverage the information already captured in Use Cases for generating the specification document. In this paper, we present an approach to prepare SRS with Use-Cases. We do this by employing classification schemes (use-case taxonomy) identified to manage the Use Cases. Our method provides additional support to analysts in preparing a standards compliant SRS document by avoiding redundant specification effort and through reduction in the cognitive load. We demonstrate how this taxonomy is used to develop a standards compliant SRS document with the help of a case study.

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