I have been asked by a couple of customers using IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) to see if there is a way to make 'Links' as a required attribute with regards to RTC Work Items. A sample scenario they've noted, where having 'Links' as required attribute being useful, is something like this:
A user creates a Work Item, say a defect, in RTC and the work flow demands that any newly created defect be linked to a requirement artifact. In such case, having 'Links' as required attribute will help the users, so that they do not skip on adding the link to another artifact.
This capability has not yet been implemented and as such it is not yet possible to make the 'Links' attribute as required in RTC. There has, however, been a Request For Enhancement (RFE) raised against this, visible at the jazz.net work item link:
I hope this answers users, who have such a requirement or a query.
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Author: Sumant Renukarya