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The first step in managing scope, change and acceptance, is to have a clear list of all the “things” which the software should deliver. If you have such a requirements list, you’re well on the way to controlling time/cost and quality, and you can use prioritisation to meet expectations.

 

To help people make a start with requirements management, SmartMatix provides a simple but effective requirements “database” in Microsoft Excel 2003 / 2007 format.

 

ReqDb is freeware, and provides you with the following:

       Automatically generated unique requirement identifiers;

       A roll-up/expandable tree hierarchy of groupings of requirements;

       Automatic requirement version number updating (when you make changes to fields of the requirement, such as description, and / or certain attributes);

       Registers the date/time and User Name of the person changing a requirement;

       A lean but complete set of attribute columns, to help you prioritise the requirements and record essential information (avoid drowning in too many!);

       Calculates the “stability” of the requirement, on the basis of thresholds you set (enables you to negotiate parking “volatile” requirements, thus controlling scope)

       Tracking of the current and previous test status of requirements;

       A test status summary report showing to which extent the requirements are met;

       Works in Excel 2003 / 2007 giving you multi-user support (i.e. several of you can work on the requirements at the same time, across a shared network drive).

 

To download ReqDb’s latest version go to the Downloads page.

What it is not

The ReqDb does not provide linking or traceability of requirements to specifications, tests and code, completeness checking, etc. For that you need a software application, like our ScopeTracker, or more complex / costly ones like RequisitePro or CalibreRM.

Make a start

The ReqDb provides a first step. Of course it is nice to have traceability, but one needs to take that first step. Writing good requirements and creating a prioritised list is often more than enough to take on, without having to also learn complex applications and principles of traceability.

 

With the ReqDb you don’t need to re-invent what information to capture for a requirement, and being in MS-Excel, you already know how to use it. Best of all, at some future stage you can always import your ReqDb into a proper bi-directional traceability tool.

Tips

To learn more on how to write good requirements, please get the free Requirements standard and browse the Requirements management Tips & Traps pages.

 

 

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