Requirements management

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Requirements management – the cornerstone of project success

Requirements management and requirements engineering practices are undisputedly the cornerstones of successful software and systems engineering projects. Our experience has shown that with a proper requirements definition and management solution, organizations can reduce project overruns by as much as 20 percent by limiting the number of inaccurate, incomplete, and omitted requirements. IBM® Rational® software offers best practices in requirements management and definition proven to save time and money by helping you:

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Emerging Health IT(YouTube, 00:03:21) achieves fast ROI with IBM Rational requirements management solution.

Green eMotion reduces development time by 30 to 70 percent; and bridges information islands between project participants, enabling more effective collaboration.

An aerospace and defense company processes 650% more requirements per day.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol helps passenger volume takes off with a smarter baggage handling.

Raytheon(YouTube, 00:02:53) meets their customer’s needs using a scalable requirements management solution; managing over a hundred thousand of requirements, ten thousand of test cases and maintaining traceability.

Helps reduce rework and accelerate time to market by collaborating with your stakeholders. Increase productivity by controlling and managing changes to requirements. Minimize cost and risk by measuring the impact of changes as they occur, and Demonstrating compliance by ensuring full traceability of requirements.

Featured requirements management products

  • Rational DOORS

    Rational DOORS

    Requirements management, traceability, and impact analysis capabilities for more formal, rigorous requirements engineering purposes, primarily suited to organizations creating manufactured systems and products.

  • Rational DOORS Next Generation

    Rational DOORS Next Generation

    The next generation requirements management tool for embedded and complex systems built on jazz platform.

  • Rational Requirements Composer

    Rational Requirements Composer

    Requirements management and definition using a collaborative approach, enabling stakeholders and IT teams anywhere in the world to provide input, get clarity, achieve consensus faster, and adapt to changes quickly.

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Ten steps to better requirements management.


Respond to changing requirements with lower cost, greater returns and better quality.

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Reducing rework through effective requirements management.

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Best practices in managing requirements in Energy and Utilities industries

Paul FechtelkotterPaul Fechtelkotter, Segment Leader for Energy & Utilities sector at IBM and a veteran in the domain, walks you through the best practices in managing requirements in a highly compliance driven industry like the energy sector drawing from personal, IBM's and its clients' experiences.

Requirements are for lifecycle: Impact on all disciplines and stakeholders

Jared PulhamJoin us for this session to further understand how development and test teams are increasingly reliant on lifecycle traceability to ensure project progress and customer satisfaction.

How business analysis is essential to agile success

Mary GormanAgile business analysis expert Mary Gorman makes the case that business analysis is your key for discovering product options; collaborating to create Agile plans; conversing daily about what to deliver; and maintaining a constant flow of business value.

Agile development using visual requirement definition and management in Rational Requirements Composer

Jared PulhamRequirements definition and management is recognized as a necessary step for the successful delivery of systems and software projects; the discipline is also required by standards, regulations and quality improvement initiatives like Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI).

Seven effective habits to better requirements in agile projects

Jared PulhamCan agile and requirements management coexist? This continues to be a question raised across the industry today. There have been many myths and misconceptions around managing requirements in agile projects.

Three reasons to throw away your requirements documents

Andy GurdIn this webcast, Andy Gurd, a Senior Go-To-Market Manager with IBM puts forth the case of why companies should move away from documents and spreadsheets for requirements management, what are the business benefits of investing in an integrated requirements management solution and the best practices for managing your requirements effectively and efficiently.

Responding to changing requirements with lower cost, higher returns and better quality

Kathi LafserJoin us to see the application of best practices in requirements change management. By viewing this webcast, you'll see how you can make optimal impact judgments about a change before it is implemented, and more.


IBM's Approach to Agile ALM

Matt Holitza Richard KnasterIn seeking out an agile tool, there are many choices. Take a few minutes to learn about IBM's approach to Agile ALM. The solution includes coaching, best practices and tooling that support a team's core agile need while also providing integrated best-in-class source code management and build automation. These integrated capabilities allow agile developers to focus on delivery great code by automating the busy work that slows them down. Matt Holitza and Richard Knaster, speakers.

Building a medical device tricorder!

  This podcast discusses the regulatory compliance considerations and the key product development lifecycle practices that are needed to build Smartphone-based medical devices.

The future of requirements in agile product development

Keith CollyerCompanies are increasingly looking to agile methods to cut risk, improve quality and increase flexibility in complex product development. But how do you handle requirements in this brave new world of user stories, backlogs, iterations and burndown? In this podcast Keith Collyer discusses how requirements management and traceability must evolve as vital aspects of agile systems engineering and software development processes.

Applying requirements to the lifecycle development

Listen to the podcast as Bernard Coyne talks about how requirements improve the complete development life cycle along with the best practices of managing requirements effectively.

Meeting your FDA design control needs with requirements and change management

 Bring smarter medical devices products to market with an integrated solution across the product development lifecycle. This podcast will discuss approaches to make that possible. Marty Bakal and Paridhi Verma, speakers.

Differences between hardware and software co-design process in heavily and lightly regulated industries

 Heavily regulated industries like automotive, aerospace and defense, and medical devices face issues like requirements management and traceability across the lifecycle to meet regulatory needs. Marty Bakal and Paridhi Verma, speakers.


IBM Rational DOORS and requirements management at Raytheon

Watch the VideoRaytheon creates large, complex products for its customers, so it must get the requirements for those products right. IBM Rational DOORS provides them with the traceability, scalability, and extensibility that they need.

Better requirements. Enhanced business agility. Fast ROI.

Watch the VideoEmerging Health Information Technology has improved care while controlling costs through better requirements management tooling and processes. The use of Rational DOORS in their delivery process has enabled fast ROI and increased time-to-market speed.

Why requirements management really matters

Watch the VideoPoor requirement practices are costly. But businesses that effectively define and manage requirements can enjoy successful outcomes, satisfied stakeholders, and a competitive advantage in their industry.

White papers

Ten steps to better requirements management

Requirements definition and management is an activity that can deliver a high, fast return on investment. This white paper explains the characteristics of a good requirement and presents ten steps to better requirements management.

Reducing rework through effective requirements management

This paper discusses how improving your requirements management process offers one of the most effective ways to cut costs, boost productivity and bring software to the marketplace faster.

Five key areas for accelerating automotive innovation

Learn how to manage the increasing automotive product complexity with a comprehensive development approach.

Getting requirements right: Avoiding the top ten traps

Learn how to avoid devastating mistakes that project teams make in defining and managing requirements. Get your requirements right and develop the right product on time and within budget.

Connect with thought leaders, read about best practices and network with peers in the field of requirements management.

Staying in tune with the fast changing domain of requirements management is a challenge. Here are some of the resources and thought leaders which we think would be of help to you. Subscribe to our blogs, converse with SMEs in any of the social channels or watch the latest demos and videos to keep yourself updated!

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  • Applying requirements to the lifecycle development

    Projects that lack requirements quickly fall into many of the typical traps of common project failure. Learn how requirements improve the complete development lifecycle.
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  • Ten steps to better requirements management

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    Resources empowering business analysts to improve communication, move faster, and provide clarity for teams and stakeholders in their organizations.
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