Overview of DOORS

IBM® Engineering Requirements Management DOORS (DOORS) is a leading requirements management tool that makes it easy to capture, trace, analyze, and manage changes to information. Control of requirements is key to reducing costs, increasing efficiency, and improving the quality of your products.

DOORS is an acronym for Dynamic Object-Oriented Requirements System. Using the DOORS family of products, you can optimize requirements communication, collaboration, and verification throughout your organization and across your supply chain.

At the heart of the family is DOORS, an application that runs on Windows, and Linux® systems. With its own built-in database, DOORS provides a rich set of features to help you capture and manage requirements.

DOORS makes it easy for everyone in your organization and beyond to participate in and contribute to the requirements management process:

  • Using a web browser, you can access your requirements database through IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS - Web Access (DWA).
  • You can manage changes to requirements with either a simple predefined change proposal system or a more thorough, customizable change control workflow through integration to Rational® change management solutions.
  • With the Requirements Interchange Format, you can directly involve suppliers and development partners in the development process.
  • You can link requirements to design items, test plans, test cases, and other requirements for easy and powerful traceability.
  • Business users, marketing, suppliers, systems engineers, and business analysts can collaborate directly through requirements discussions.
  • Your testers can link requirements to test cases using the Test Tracking Toolkit for manual test environments.
  • You can use the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) specifications for requirements management, change management, and quality management to integrate with systems and software lifecycle tools.
  • You can integrate with other Rational tools, including Rational Team Concert, RationalQuality Manager, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Rhapsody®, Jazz® Reporting Service, and Rational System Architect, and also many third-party tools, providing a comprehensive traceability solution.

For videos about DOORS, see this playlist on YouTube: DOORS Essentials.