Event: Traceability Workshop


6pm-8:30pm, 24th November 2011


BCS headquarter, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA


Free, but compulsory.

Register at the BCS Event Booking Site via this link.

Closing date for bookings is 12:00pm on Thursday 24th November 2011. No more bookings will be taken after this date. For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS do not issue invitation letters.


RESG Free Evening Event with Refreshments.

Traceability is the ability to track where things come from and where they are going to. For millennia, our ancestors have relied on it to follow animals’ tracks when hunting. Today, this skill is more important than ever. Traceability is indeed present in almost all aspects of our lives; to track luggage as they travel through airports, to follow the origin and destination of food product for food safety, to control the outbreak of diseases, and to track the vast amount of information in our financial, healthcare, and other data-intensive systems. Traceability is also a longstanding concern for requirements management (it was for example the topic of the first BCS RESG event in 1994). Good requirements traceability helps tracking the requirements satisfaction, managing requirements changes, and validating and verifying requirements, for example for demonstrating legal compliance. However, good traceability is hard to achieve due to its cost, the volume of information, the pace of changes and the delayed benefits its brings to a software project.

This RESG event will focus on requirements and information traceability, leaving plenty of time for discussions, with the aim of identifying practical guidelines and innovative ideas for achieving traceability in complex projects.

Two distinguished speakers will kick off the discussion with short introductory talks. Christian Nentwich of Model Two Zero will speak about his experience of traceability and system integration for large data-heavy systems. Stephen Morris of City University will speak about leveraging techniques from other disciplines for requirements traceability, based on joint work with Olly Gotel presented at presented at the recent Requirements Engineering conference held in Trento last September.

After the introductory talks, the RESG organizers Yijun Yu and Emmanuel Letier will facilitate a discussion of the issues and practices of traceability.
Sandwiches and light refreshments will be provided.


  • 6:15 Welcome and Introduction
  • 6:20 Talks and Discussion
    • Christian Nentwich, Model Two Zero
    • Stephen Morris, City University
  • 7:30 Drinks and Sandwiches

Speakers’ Bios

Christian Nentwich is the founder of Model Two Zero Limited, a software company based in London that produces components for high-complexity enterprise IT architectures. He has a long record of advising some of the world’s largest financial institutions on standards and complex data architectures, and has been served on standards bodies including the Financial Products Markup Language (FpML) and the Object Management Group (OMG). Christian has been a speaker on several academic and industry conferences, as well as serving as acting as a reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He holds a PhD and BSc in Computer Science from University College London.

Stephen Morris is an Honorary Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Computing at City University, a position he has held since he stepped down from being Head of Department in 2002. He has collaborating with Olly Gotel since they completed their PhDs at Imperial College. Their joint research focusses on representation in software engineering, its history and its practical implications, particularly regarding traceability, the use of multimedia and diagrams. Before entering academia Stephen worked for a long period as a town planner and manager in London local government.

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