Requirements management plan (RMP)
A requirements management plan (RMP) helps explain how you will receive, analyze, document and manage all of the requirements within a project. The plan usually covers everything from initial information gathering of the high-level project to more detailed product requirements that could be gathered throughout the lifecycle of a project. Key items to define in a requirements management plan are the project overview, requirements gathering process, roles and responsibilities, tools, and traceability.
Requirements management process
When looking for requirements management tools, there are a few key features to look for.
A typical requirements management process complements the systems engineering V model through these steps:
- Collect initial requirements from stakeholders
- Analyze requirements
- Define and record requirements
- Prioritize requirements
- Agree on and approve requirements
- Trace requirements to work items
- Query stakeholders after implementation on needed changes to requirements
- Utilize test management to verify and validate system requirements
- Assess impact of changes
- Revise requirements
- Document changes
By following these steps, engineering teams are able to harness the complexity inherent in developing smart connected products. Using a requirements management solution helps to streamline the process so you can optimize your speed to market and expand your opportunities while improving quality.
Digital requirements management
Digital requirements management is a beneficial way to capture, trace, analyze and manage requirements changes. Digital management ensures changes are tracked in a secure, central location, and it allows for strengthened collaboration between team members. Increased transparency minimizes duplicate work and enhances agility while helping to ensure requirements adhere to standards and compliance.
In order to be considered a “good” requirement, a requirement should have certain characteristics, which include being:
- Clear and concise
- Feasible and realistic
Sets of requirements should also be evaluated and should be consistent and nonredundant.