Where is requirements management heading in the next five years? In this blog post Richard Watson (Product Manager, IBM Requirements Management tools ) discusses his predictions for the short-term future of requirements management: To predict the future of Requirements Management (RM) tools I think it’s important to take a brief look back in history and see if we can spot any important trends. Requirements Management tools differentiate themselves from “typical” documents or spreadsheets by managing distinct, uniquely identifiable statements—called “Requirements”—and dependencies between different requirements—called “links”. Tools to specifically manage requirements have been around since the early ‘90s (starting with QSS DOORS and Rational Requisite Pro). In the first ten years of their lifetime requirements tools justified their existence by the cost savings on understanding and managing the scope and complexity of systems development. There was no real drive to connect requirements to the rest of the development lifecycle or, if there was, the main emphasis was to work out how to get other tools’ data into the RM system so that the traceability could be managed.