ReqIf – standardising interchange?

Just to drop a few quick lines on the side of this article from the most recent IREB Magazine issue: Open Up. The leading Automotive companies (both OEMs and suppliers) already picked up the lead in developing an open requirements exchange standard. And maybe this is the most important word here: standard. They are the most affected, so with a great interest in aligning exchange. Then my thoughts: how about open source requirements management tools? There are already some, but any chance soon any of them could emerge above all and replace the established ones, DOORS for instance? Especially...

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Distinguishing Between Requirements and Specification

I often hear the term specification used for referring requirements… Some organizations try to produce a single specification to act as both a requirements definition and a requirements specification. When a requirements definition is combined with a specification there is often confusion between concepts and details. There’s no really clear distinction in it’s usage, though the difference is really simple. Then, what are requirements and specification? If you look on the Project Performance International site, the difference is explained in a very simple manner:...

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How to: Handling Open Items Files

We are living in an ocean of information. Always on the edge, laying out new stuff, still having to consider everything for the end result to be in the realm of real, useful and reliable. But how do you cope with that afflux of information, how do you grasp all it’s its intricacies and interconnection. How do you fund out what’s conflicting or missing? Can you hold everything inside your head? I cannot! And that’s why I need a tool to help. Something that can help organizing and managing  every finding of the entire team, and self. Why I found to be very helpful and...

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How to Write Your First Requirement

People always complain about the poor quality of requirements, but usually that all they do say: requirements are a mess. What would really be useful is they say what’s wrong with them, why they don’t like then, what to improve, what cannot be implemented or tested; generally, where they need to be able to do their work. There are of course some recommendations and rules to writing requirements. Good practice and a complete document nevertheless come following an optimal combination between experience, product knowledge, industry know-how and a solid and clear systematic...

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