Ensure Project Success with Requirements Management Tool


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The main objective of requirements management is to ensure that the project succeeds in meeting the requirements of the customers as well as that of internal or external stakeholders.

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Ensure Project Success with Requirements Management Tool

  1. 1. Ensure Project Success with Requirements Management ToolWikipedia defines requirements management as “the process of documenting, analyzing, tracing, prioritizing and agreeing onrequirements and then controlling change and communicating to relevant stakeholders.” The main objective of requirementsmanagement is to ensure that the project succeeds in meeting the requirements of the customers as well as that of internal orexternal stakeholders. Before proceeding further let’s look at some statistics with respect to requirements management.  Poorly defined applications contribute to a 66% project failure rate, costing U.S. businesses at least $30 billion every year (Forrester Research)  50 - 80% of project defects stem from poor requirements management  31% of projects are cancelled before they are completed  53% of projects take more time to complete and costs twice as of their original estimates  The success rate for IT projects is less than 30%  Organizations with poor requirements management processes have three times as many project failures as successes.Thus, one of the major causes for project delays and budget overruns is requirements management issues. This includesincomplete, missing, or poorly documented requirements, requirements creep, impossible to satisfy requirements andrequirements that failed to meet the needs of the user.With requirements management playing such an important role in the success of any software project, it is necessary thatenterprises use requirements management tools to get a top-quality application that matches what the user asked for andcomplies with all internal and external requirements. A good requirements management tool helps software development teamto  Capture a set of requirements, collaborate on their development, and trace implementation back to specs  Collaborate on managing requirements locally or globally  Work from the same playbook, no matter where they are located  Set up an excellent system of capturing customer inputs both for new product ideas as well as improvements of existing products  Evaluate and prioritize requirements for releases  Formalize and automate requirements management and enable reuse of requirements  Reduce testing time and cut down reworking on the application (after system testing) by having one version of the truth captured and shared globally by all developers  Improve team collaboration and communication  Manage regulatory compliance automatically  Upgrade to the complete ALM solution  Integrate with other tools easilyThus, with a best of the breed requirements management tool, enterprises can ensure that there are no delays and costly lastminute surprises - whether the project was developed in the office next door, or by an offshore partner 10,000 miles and 10time zones away.Other Links - traceability matrix & software development lifecycle