Caught between the twin evils of IBM Doors or Excel for managing your requirements?

09 March 2016
David Percival David Percival

In Develop products, most R&D teams are stuck with a large cumbersome system like IBM Doors/HP Quality Centre, or simplistic tools like Excel/Word.Requirements for Develop products The lucky ones use issue management packages within TFS or Jira. None of these are tuned for capturing, sharing, linking and maintaining requirements for ‘normal’ sized Develop products projects, involving about 30 people.

The Challenge

Development teams need to be able to capture many different types of requirements:

  • customer
  • functional
  • non-functional
  • regulatory
  • quality
  • financial
  • governance

They need to be able to easily select requirements in order to:

  • edit
  • collate
  • link
  • prioritise
  • publish
  • get feedback on
  • deal with issues

They need to do all of this across multiple sites, functions and customers. And they need to be able to involve Senior Managers, Managers, Marketing & Sales, and many other types of people who do not have the time or interest to learn a complex, if powerful, tool. So on one side, you’ve the professional tools that can do all of these things, but many key people cannot take the time to learn. And on the other side, you have Excel and Word, which are easy to learn, but inherently not multi-user, multi-site, and do not do support revision control or history logging.

What we need

What product managers, project teams, governance boards and customers need is a simple to use, but easy to control, requirements management tool that has more targeted capabilities than Excel or Word, but is much easier to use than Doors or Quality Centre. To fulfil this need try looking at RequirementONE. It is simple to use, delivers all the key functionality, and provides the control and history you need. It is also very cost effective and can be deployed instantly.

Conclusion

Most Develop products teams do not need large complex enterprise systems to manage their requirements. On the other hand, Excel and Word let us down time and again. Something like RequirementONE can walk the middle ground and meet our needs for multi-user access and control, without scaring off stakeholders like customers, sales people and senior managers, who really need to contribute to and review requirements.