Understanding the Features & Functions of Requirement Traceability Matrix

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In most organizations testing gets started post the execution or coding phase of the project. If the organizations are seeking benefits from product testing, then the testers need to be engaged initially from the requirements phase. If the tester is engaged from the very starting right from requirement stage, then the requirement traceability matrix (RTM) is one of the main reports that offers in-depth test coverage to all the test cases.

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Understanding the Features & Functions of Requirement Traceability Matrix

  1. 1. Understanding the Features & Functions of Requirement Traceability Matrix In most organizations testing gets started post the execution or coding phase of the project. If the organizations are seeking benefits from product testing, then the testers need to be engaged initially from the requirements phase. If the tester is engaged from the very starting right from requirement stage, then the requirement traceability matrix (RTM) is one of the main reports that offers in-depth test coverage to all the test cases. In a Requirement Traceability Matrix (RTM) , every test case is mapped to every requirement. Hence, 100 percent test coverage can be sought out using the RTM and there are less chances for missing any requirement in testing. This is the biggest benefits of preparing the RTM. However, when project managers are managing the project requirements there are certain elements requires in a client’s case. Such as improved procedures to set up functional needs for every business element to be automated and the capacity to keep a track of requirements through construction, design and testing to make sure that every business requirement has been catered to. With regards to software development, a traceability matrix is what assists project managers to map needs with other project artifacts, like test cases, designs, test steps, defects and many more. This matrix can be further utilized to check whether the project needs are being executed entirely and can help in setting up Request for Proposal (RFP), project deliverable documents, Software Requirements Specification (SRS), and project plan tasks. Industry Solutions for RTM A Requirement Traceability Matrix is usually set up by relating the requirements with the work products that satisfy them. Tests are related with the requirements on which they are based and the product is tested to cater each requirement. In traceability, the association of the driver to satisfier can be one-to- many, one-to-one, many-to-many and many-to-one. Today service providers specializing in agile application lifecycle management and agile methodology and scrum have introduced Requirements Traceability Matrix that offers a total visual representation of the needs that are associated to each identity by the medium of relationships. Making use of this matrix, companies can create, edit, new, and delete relationships by double-clicking on the cell that appears in the meeting point of two identities. Furthermore, end users can also clear the influences from the traceability matrix. Expert service providers offers RTM that are backed by Traceability Views that also offers a hierarchical view of entity items and enables users to keep a track of every entity item that are inter-related at various levels.

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