I've always found it funny when I was reading somewhere that the software industry should work like the construction industry. I'm working in a combination of both and a common opinion amongst researchers in this field is that both industries are equally bad...
I found a link on Joel on software to a article about a software engineer going to a construction management class in order to learn something. "I can learn something from the construction industry". Reaction of the builders: laughter....
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I have not seen instances where the construction and design industry, e.g., building homes, bridges, transportation infrastructure, other that applies requirements management (and requirements traceability) like the software engineering industry and seems not to provide the assurance that all of the relevant requirements (both explicit and derived) are being satisfied during and following the completion of a construction project.
Are there methods or cases of requirements management/traceability deployed within the construction industry comparable to the software engineering area? If so, please provide me with some examples of contact points if possible.
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