Requirements Best Practices

Gartner Reports on the Best Requirements Management Tools for Business

Analyst firm notes agile tool integration, collaboration and compliance capabilities at top of list

Madeline Wigen | October 3, 2016

“Gartner clients report that poor requirements are a major cause of rework and friction between business and IT. Broad market adoption of software requirements solutions is low, exacerbating this situation.” This begins the key findings in Gartner’s newest Market Guide for Software Requirements Definition and Management Solutions.

The guide provides key findings, recommendations, market definition and direction, summarily stating:

Requirements management software provides tools and services that aid the definition and management of software requirements and user experience. Application development executives should invest in requirements skills, practices and tools to improve user experience and software quality.

In choosing a requirements management tools vendor, Gartner advises companies consider, among other factors, the ability to:

  • Work in shared (rather than collaborative) environments.
  • Use a true requirements repository (featuring a robust meta-model that enables reuse and impact analysis) rather than simple storage and tagging.
  • Integrate with other ADLM tools in use (including test case management, and agile planning).
  • Support regulatory and reporting needs (for compliance with both internal and external governance processes).

Read the full market guide here.

Gartner, Market Guide for Software Requirements Definition and Management Solutions, Thomas E. Murphy, Magnus Revang, Laurie F. Wurster, 24 June 2016 

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