Requirements Management–A Continuous Communication Process

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This concept of flat world resulting from the convergence of 'flatteners' or factors as brought out by Thomas Friedman in his international bestselling book “The World is Flat” has made it easier for enterprises from the developing countries to compete with their counterparts in developed countries.

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Requirements Management–A Continuous Communication Process

  1. 1. Requirements Management–A Continuous Communication ProcessThis concept of flat world resulting from the convergence of flatteners or factors as broughtout by Thomas Friedman in his international bestselling book “The World is Flat” has made iteasier for enterprises from the developing countries to compete with their counterparts indeveloped countries. However, considering supply-chain as one of the major factor orflattener makes it necessary for global enterprises to work more collaboratively with theirsuppliers to achieve the required success.Such considerations makes a definite call for understanding the requirements across thestakeholders. Supply chain, defined as “a method of collaborating horizontally among suppliers,retailers and customers to create value” thus needs an effective process to understand therequirements and ensure success of the business, irrespective of the industry. Defined byWikipedia as “the process of documenting, analyzing, tracing, prioritizing and agreeing onrequirements and then controlling change and communicating to relevant stakeholders”,requirements management is a continuous process throughout a project.The requirements management process begins with the analysis, includes eliciting the objectivesand constraints of enterprises, planning for requirements and integrating these with theattributes while working on other information delivering against requirements, and changes forthese. Establishing such a traceability helps enterprises in managing and reporting requirements to the fulfillment of stakeholder interests. In a competitive business environment wherein thecustomer demands for upgrade applications are on the rise, enterprises need to ensure effectiveapplication lifecycle management across various industry verticals.The requirements management tools and solutions from the leading service providers offersenterprises rich and configurable global platform for capturing the requirements, collaborating their development with the project goals and deliverables and across diverse teams both locallyand globally. Their tool ensures that irrespective of their location, all developers work from thesame platform resulting in a top-quality application that matches with user requirements.The requirements management solutions involves communication between the stakeholders forthe adjustments required in the project development. The requirement management tools fromthe industry leaders are thus in-built with the capabilities necessary for effective and effortlessmanagement of requirements accessible through a highly user-friendly interface. Beingcompletely web based , this enables effective telecommuting, better management and control ofoffshore projects and collaboration of service partners and functional groups. The major featuresof the tools includes requirements gathering, parsing, management, traceability matrix , baselining and intelligent reporting which through a process-driven methodology enables projectteams to effectively manage and map requirements.Related Links - agile methodology

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