Defining your Requirements Structure

The first time I mentioned developing a requirements structure for one of my consulting clients, they looked at me in puzzlement. According to the BABOK® Guide, a requirements structure defines the organized structure for all of the project requirements and the documented relationships between these requirements. To be more specific, the requirements structure defines the […]
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Requirements Traceability – Part 4 of 4: Using the Coverage Matrix Technique

In this final post of the four-part traceability series, we will look at a recommended traceability technique. The coverage matrix technique is specific to the “manage requirements traceability” task in the BABOK® Guide. Basically, a coverage matrix is a table or spreadsheet used to manage and facilitate tracing of requirements. This simple approach is used […]
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Requirements Traceability – Part 3 of 4: Key Dependencies and Relationships

Now that we have looked at and thought about some of the details involved in requirements traceability, let’s dig a little deeper and look at some more requirements traceability details. Remember that the key dependencies and relationships between requirements should be recorded so they can be traced across and even beyond your project life cycle.  Creating and […]
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Requirements Traceability – Part 2 of 4: What to Trace and Why

Now that we have looked at and thought about requirements traceability and managing requirements at a high level in my traceability series part 1 post, let’s move on to some more requirements traceability details. The BABOK® Guide recommends that you trace your requirements at one or more levels, as you deem appropriate. The four suggested levels  […]
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Requirements Traceability – Part 1 of 4: Managing Requirements Traceability

Managing requirements traceability is part of the tasks found in the Requirements Management and Communication knowledge area of the BABOK® Guide.  Traceability is an important characteristic of requirements, particularly in complex projects. Traced requirements have clearly defined and identified relationships to the other requirements found within the solution scope. Requirements traceability provides you and your […]
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