Author: John Campbell | December 3, 2021
As products become more complex to support the growing demand for IoT and connectivity, so do the interdependencies that govern the engineering lifecycle. Without a clearly defined process for managing requirements across the lifecycle, you’ll likely be looking at scope creep, project delays, cost overruns, and poor product quality that does not meet customer needs and safety requirements.
Enter: Requirements management.
Designed to ensure product development goals are met, requirements management refers to a series of activities that maintains a current and approved set of requirements over the entire application lifecycle. More specifically, requirements management is the process of collecting, analyzing, tracing, refining, and prioritizing requirements. As a practice, requirements management plays an essential role in minimizing errors, tracking changes, and communicating updates with stakeholders throughout the project.
A robust requirements management process generally includes the following components:
With browser-based access and concurrent editing of specification documents, requirements management facilitates stronger collaboration across teams, reduces human error, supports compliance efforts, and speeds time-to-market. On a big-picture scale, requirements management helps to reduce costs, boost quality, minimize risk, and enable effective scope management to support all major aspects of an organization.
Requirements management is not a nice to have; it’s crucial. Not sure where to begin? We’ve got you covered. Our team of Polarion consulting experts can help you adopt a requirements management program to support your software engineering goals using Polarion.
For more information about how Polarion can help you manage your requirements across your product development lifecycle, contact our team.
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