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Title: Impediments to Regulatory Compliance of Requirements
Prof. Nazim H. Madhavji, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Date & Time: June 13, 2014 15:00
Venue: Room # SIC201, C Block, 02nd Floor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Kanwal Rekhi Building
Abstract:
Large-scale contractual systems engineering projects often need to comply with a myriad of government regulations and standards as part of contractual fulfillment. A key activity in the requirements engineering (RE) process for such a project is to demonstrate that all relevant requirements have been elicited from the regulatory documents and have been traced to the contract as well as to the target system components. That is, the requirements satisfy regulatory compliance. However, there are impediments in achieving this level of compliance due to such complexity factors as: voluminous contract, large number of regulatory documents, and multiple domains of the system. Little empirical research has been conducted on identifying these impediments. Knowing these impediments is a driver for change in the solutions domain (i.e., creating improved or new methods, tools, processes, etc.) to deal with such impediments. Through a case study of an industrial RE project, we have identified a number of key impediments to achieving regulatory compliance in a large-scale, complex, systems engineering project. This project is an upgrade of a rail infrastructure system. In this talk, I will describe hitherto uncovered impediments in qualitative and quantitative terms. Also, I will show an artefact model, depicting key artefacts and relationships involved in such a compliance project. This model was created from data gathered and observations made in this compliance project. Among the benefits of the artefact model is management aid for Compliance-RE project planning and a basis for effort estimation. Time permitting, I will describe emergent metrics on regulatory compliance of requirements that can possibly be used for estimating the effort needed to achieve regulatory compliance of system requirements. This research is being conducted involving my doctoral student, Md. Rashed I. Nekvi. (A paper on this topic will appear in a forthcoming special issue of the ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems).
Speaker Profile:
Nazim H. Madhavji is Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research interests include: system requirements, system architectures, system compliance, evolution of systems, software quality, metrics and measurements, defect analysis, congruence between software products and processes, and empirical studies. He obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Manchester, England, in 1980. He has led a number of research projects in software engineering, involving corporations such as IBM Canada, Siemens, Sun Microsystems, DMR Group, CAE Electronics, Transport Canada, SIG, 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 co-Editor (with Khaled El Emam) of the book: “Elements of Software Process Assessment and Improvement”, IEEE Computer Society Press, 1999. He has served on the Editorial Boards of several scientific journals, 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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