Requirements Management is often described as a solution that helps software development teams to define and elaborate requirements; – with other words Requirements Management provides answers to the question “why” that every project starts with.
The answers that Requirements Management provides are vital since they determine the goals and the future development processes of our projects. Requirements Management should make sure that team members know what we develop and why.
Requirements have many names depending on the software development mythologies we us. We can call requirements as “needs”, “uses cases” or even as “epics” and “stories” when working with a Agile software development methodology.
Regardless their names, requirements should be defined as clearly as possible since there are many people involved in the development process of sophisticated products and software applications today. Unclear requirements can result in developing products that no longer meet clients’ requirements.
Requirements Management brings success to your team if you:
- Have clear requirements. Requirements can be very complex. It is vital to define clear requirements and make sure that all members understand them. Clear requirements should also guarantee that all team members know their part in the development process to move the project forward.
- Track the status of the requirements as part of the project regularly. A good Requirements Management solution should provide teams with traceability and change management to visualizes the relationships of requirements and trace back all changes to makes sure that the end products meet the clients’ requirements.
- Collaborate. Team members should share their ideas, experience and feedback to ensure the most effective development process and it has a major impact on requirements. Advance collaboration should ensure that all team members are always up-to-date with the latest requirements’ changes.
- Integrate Requirement Management into the Quality Assurance process. Quality Assurance enables to correct a defect at the early stage of the development process that can spare software development teams from rework and you from a financial disaster.
The 3 core modules of codeBeamer ALM solution including Requirements Management, Software Development (Software Change & Configuration Management) module and QA-Test Management help software development teams to manage the entire application lifecycle from requirements to delivery.