Requirements Management Blog
We have been discussing about requirements management practices and solutions from IBM Rational for Requirements Definition and Management at Rational RDM Blog. We decided to move to our new own home here in developerworks and will continue our discussions going forward here.
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Does the above graph ring a bell?
Many articles, papers and books have talked about the impact of fixing a defect at later stages of development life cycle. Researches have also been proved that majority of the software defects found in a project are related to requirements and continues to be higher than that arising due to design or coding issues. According to studies conducted, approximately 60%-70% of IT project failures result from poor requirements gathering, analysis, and management*. The most successful products and applications have been built with a thorough understanding of what they are intended for. Understanding and managing requirements are by far the most important aspect in the development life cycle irrespective of which technology, development process, industry or purpose of the software or system under development. The beauty of an effective requirements management is that it provides complete insights into how the development of a system is progressing for every stakeholder in the team yet at a level of abstraction neutral to technology, platform or perspective. It thus becomes the corner stone of software or systems development!
In today’s world, developing smarter products at the lowest time to market has become a norm for success. Often the level of pressure that mounts to get started and come up with a prototype or the product itself is high and requirements are cornered with least importance. But if we check statistics, we can see many examples that have caused hefty prices and disasters due to hasty development or lack of thrust given to understand the real requirements. Read a compilation by Computer World UK here. These two videos from IBM and IAG Consulting respectively talks about why you should consider requirements seriously.
If you watched the above videos, it is clear that the process of how requirements, are managed and collaboration and communication between stakeholders are equally important for an effective requirements management. Also many mistakenly believe that requirements management is something that takes place during the definition stages of a project and is then complete. However the reality is that requirements exist in some form at virtually every stage of development.
The three main factors to be considered while defining the requirements management are
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* Source: The Meta Group market research firm, a division of Gartner, March 2003
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At Innovate 2012 in Orlando, June 3-7 there will be two requirements management (RM) tracks – one focused on RM for IT application development, and product-wise primarily on RequisitePro and Rational Requirements Composer; and another focused on RM for systems engineering (SE), and product-wise on DOORS. This blog post is focused on the RM for SE track but look out for another on the IT focused track.
I think you’ll find that the RM for SE track has some really strong content this year. Out of 16 sessions, 10 will feature customer speakers, including:
You’ll also be able to meet product management and senior development staff and ask them questions in our ‘Ask The Experts (for DOORS version 7.x, 8.x and 9.x users)’, and you’ll hear about IBM’s strategy and roadmap in ‘What's Now and Next in Requirements Management for Systems Engineering’, including the latest release and plans for the DOORS 9.x series.
If you’ve been following our RM developments recently you’ll be aware of the DOORS Next Generation project on Jazz.net and you’ll hear about that during the Now and Next session, and if you want to dive deeper into what’s planned be sure to go to the session ‘Deep Dive Investigation and Feedback about IBM Rational DOORS Next-Generation Beta’ and visit the DOORS Next Generation demo pedestal in the Innovation Lab area of the Solution Center.
And if you’ve ever attended before, you’ll know that a popular feature is the DOORS DXL Script Exchange competition, where you can demonstrate your prowess in DXL and win a small prize. For more details about this year’s competition (with a twist!) please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Scripts are due on or before May 25th.
On top of all this fantastic content (and this is just for one track – there are over 400 sessions across the whole conference!), Innovate is a great opportunity to network with other systems engineers and software developers, share war stories, tips and tricks and maybe a drink or two.
To find out more about Innovate 2012 and to register go to ibm.com/innovate.
We hope to see you there!
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In the last post we focused on what you can expect from Requirements Management for Systems Engineering track at Innovate 2012. In this post we will explore what is there in Requirements definition and management for IT application development track at Innovate 2012.
We have 16 sessions lined up in this track with focusing on software delivery that revolve around eliciting, defining, elaborating, understanding, organizing, reviewing, communicating and tracking business, user, and software requirements. We have multiple customer sessions; however I am sure you will find the below sessions interesting
Like previous editions of Innovate, this year also we have keynotes where IBM shares its road map, strategies and vision for requirements definition and management tools. Also there will be immense number of opportunities to meet senior product management professionals and developers of IBM Rational's Requirements Management tools in sessions like 'Ask the Experts: IBM Rational Requirements Composer and IBM Rational RequisitePro', What's New with IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer? and other presentations.
Some of the other notable presentations focus on trending topics and best practices in the requirements management domain like conceptual frameworks for visual definition in requirements life cycle, Requirements Engineering Maturity Model (REMM) and many more. There are multiple workshops about defining and managing requirements with IBM Rational tools, IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management, best practices in using Requirements Composer and Jazz primers. Don't forget to try out Open Labs and solutions peds at Innovate!
And finally we have a competition (Who Is the Best IBM Rational Composer User? ) in which Rational Requirements Composer experts put their skills to the test to compete in a variety of different tool challenges and prove who is the best requirements tool champion.In this special event, participants have a chance to compete with IBM experts and tool developers to prove their expertise by solving common and difficult requirements management problems!
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