Recreating the wheel is time-consuming, frustrating and costly. And yet, many organizations still rebuild every requirement from scratch when starting a new product. Our hypothesis was that requirements reuse is both underused and desirable. To quantify its value, we surveyed 389 product development professionals in October 2012.
Here’s what we asked:
- How often do you feel your company rebuilds elements of a project when it isn’t necessary?
- What percentage of requirements, test cases or other assets within an average project are duplicated or commonly shared from other projects?
- How much more efficient do you think your company would be if you could leverage existing assets from project to project?
- How much more efficient to do you think your company would be if you could leverage existing assets from project to project?
- How important do you believe is reusing assets across projects to your team’s ability to deliver on time?
- Do you wish you had automated ways to keep requirements or assets in sync across projects?
The results were revealing – unnecessary reuse is rampant and unproductive. Take a look at the responses:
What do you think? Is your company recreating the wheel?