System bounding issues for analysis

Janet M. Drake, W. T. Tsai

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Abstract

Defining system boundaries is an important part of analysis. Bounding is a separate process from partitioning or decomposing the problem. System boundaries show what is inside and outside the system whereas partitions manage the complexity of the problem. This paper discusses the tradeoffs between early and late bounding and concludes that the bounding process should be done late or at least repeated late in analysis. Specification of system boundaries improves when as much as possible is known about the problem. Analysis techniques should contain a representation and process to support system bounding. We demonstrate system bounding by comparing analyses done with Structured Analysis (SA) and Object-Oriented Analysis (OOA). SA techniques bound the system at the start of analysis. OOA techniques bound the system either late in analysis or not at all. We present and demonstrate a boundary identification process for late bounding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Requirements Engineering
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Pages24-31
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0818654805
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
EventProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Requirements Engineering - Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Duration: Apr 18 1994Apr 22 1994

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Requirements Engineering

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1st International Conference on Requirements Engineering
CityColorado Springs, CO, USA
Period4/18/944/22/94

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Drake, J. M., & Tsai, W. T. (1994). System bounding issues for analysis. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Requirements Engineering (pp. 24-31). (Proceedings of the International Conference on Requirements Engineering). Publ by IEEE.