It’s well known that up to 60% of failures that can occur to your software are the result of the lack of proper software management. In other words, every second problems you run into could be easily avoided by if it was checked out and defined in time. This way it could have been corrected from the very beginning offering the customer the clear and working code.
The requirement engineering process is not a simple one and can be run only by the qualified specialists. The modern requirements manager is not actually checking the quality of the job done. His prime goal is to ensure the developers did exactly what they were supposed to, so the final program lives up to the up-to-date standards and contains no drastic mistakes.
The testable requirements of the program are the functional ways to check if it will be working properly or not. Still the requirements themselves can appear to be inappropriate and poorly constructed. In this case the requirements manager will do nothing good even after all the checkout. That is when the requirement engineering process will become really important. It will guarantee the planning is fine and will lead to the doubled success.
Writing down the testable requirements is not an easy task for the person being in charge. The specialist shall check all the system parameters from the data input to the final end-users. This all will require a lot of time and the hours of practice, these features are not going to come to anyone in a day or two.
The well trained requirements manager usually has the clear well organized mind and the awesome programmer knowledge. The last one is important for him to be able to communicate with the team of developers on the same language as they do to ensure the utter success and no possible misunderstanding. The good skills in organizing people are important as well since the requirement engineering process touches everyone of the developers one way or another.
So the participants will have to cooperate perfectly in order to work fast and effective. All the people are people anyway, which meant some of them might be too busy to meet with you, the others might appear to be bad in communicating, so the manager will have to do his best to live up to the client’s expectations.
Our company runs the requirements management software in order to define, manage, track and prioritize the given requirements through all the aspects of the software life circle.
A software development process includes conversion of the customer-requirements into a complete working application. A customer, who wants an application, comes up with certain requirements and provides them to the development team in order to get the application developed.
According to the requirements gathered from the customer, the software-development team develops the project and delivers it to the customer when it is completely ready. Now, the question arises, whether the application has successfully fulfilled all the requirements given by the customer and is the application released within the given deadline.
To be successful, software must be delivered on time and on budget, and they must meet the customer’s requirements. However, this is not a simple task, because, requirements are likely to change in the course of an application’s development life cycle. By organizing and tracking customer’s requirements, and managing the requirement changes, a software-development team can improve the chances of completing the software on time and on budget, and delivering a product as per the customer’s satisfaction.
To develop and release an application as per the customer’s requirements, budget, and time, the development team will have to take effective steps in order to manage the requirements throughout the development life cycle. These steps include clear understanding of the requirements given by the customer, organizing the requirements into main and sub requirements, documenting the requirements, and finally converting the requirements into working modules.
Only this much is not sufficient for an application to be developed and released successfully. In the course of time, the customer may want to change some of the requirements or even add or remove some requirements. These changes are then intimated to development team. The manager of the development team has to search all the documents to find the existing requirement(s) that needs to be changed. The manager must also take care of the impact caused on the project by the changed requirement(s). Once again, (s)he has to update and reorganize all the impacted documents. Sometimes, requirement changes may affect the work-procedure and labor adversely.
A small change in customer’s requirements may cause many adverse effects on the application’s development life cycle, which in turn leads to conflicts in requirement analysis and documentation. Thus, prior to the development life cycle, it is very essential for the development team to elicit, organize, and document all the requirements as per the customer.
Thus, to reduce all these burdens, faced by the development team and the project managers, Accord has come up with a systematic and powerful tool, called ReMa, which helps to track the requirements, manage them, and organize them systematically throughout the development life cycle.