The development process is affected by improvements in requirements change. Some of the essential benefits of using RM are- saving resources and budget, improves efficiency, speed up the time to market etc. What are requirements? Requirements include sharing of information regarding quality assurance, what to build and what to test to the engineers. There are 3 functions of requirements- defining the plans you want to make, identifying the look and the uses of the product and describing the value and functionality of the product. A requirement management tool is essential for enhancing teamwork and for timely completion of the project.
Basic fundamentals of Requirement Management:
Majority of the software applications and products needs a lot of requirements to outline the project scope. Requirements keep on evolving and changing throughout the process of development and the team members should have an access to all the requirements till the last stage. There are four fundamentals of Requirement Management that everyone should know:
- Good requirements– What is a god requirement? A good requirement needs to be actionable and valued. It is imperative for the team members to have a clear understanding of what it means and a good requirement should be able to show a solution path. It should be able to answer questions like- “What are the things we need?’’ It has to be specific and concise. Once the requirements become clear, the stakeholders can understand the role that they have to play in the process.
- Buy-ins and Collaborations– With regards to large stakeholders and projects, it becomes a tedious job to get a business to decide on requirements. Therefore, there is a need for buy-in to carry forward the development process. An important essential for creating good requirements is a collaborative working group or teamwork. When the members become committed and have an understanding of the goals and objectives of the projects, the members tend to support each other and their decisions.
- Assuring Quality– Good requirements means better quality of the product, higher satisfaction of the customers with the product and faster cycles of development. Summarizing the requirements in brief is important to trace the problems in the initial stage rather than later when they become too costly to fix the issues. It has been analyzed that by managing the requirements effectively, the project teams have been able to detect majority of the problems.
Requirement management is a very simple process but it appears to be a complex one. When everyone is allowed to have access to the decisions, and discussions of the product development, the team will provide high quality performance as well ensure success of the project.