Requirement Traceability for Safety-Critical Applications

The footing of every software project is its requirements and the traceability between the requirements and the downstream software artifacts that they are linked to. Traceability is crucial to ensuring that the released product matches the stakeholder’s expectation, that a quality product is produced and fulfills its compliance needs.

Industries and the process standards that govern them like Automotive (ISO 26262), Avionics (DO178B/C), Medical (IEC 62304), Industrial (IEC 61508) and Rail (EN 50128), realized the importance of constructing from the very start of a project, requirements traceability. It’s essential in order to prevent faulty, unsafe and insecure code from going out the door. History has also shown us that these software mistakes can be very costly. Not just in terms of recalls and lawsuits but also in the loss of human life.

Key takeaways:
  • The importance of traceability in satisfying your process standard requirements
  • Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) and managing traceability between artifacts
  • How test automation offers consistency and productivity in traceability and report generation

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