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This paper proposes a method that integrates Use case-based requirements specification into release planning process. Release planning addresses decisions related to the implementation of a selected requirements' collection in incremental software development. Its aim is determining an optimal schedule for the development within the constraints of defined deadlines and available resources. Scheduling requirements' development for the upcoming version is a complex process and requires significant manual efforts. Presented method is evaluated with a case study that demonstrates how this method can significantly accelerate release plan production (> 50%), provide more informed and established decisions and supply precise requirement's tracing at Use case level. Finally, the paper analyzes benefits and issues from the use of this method by project managers.
Date of Conference: 3-5 Sept. 2008