Requirements Best Practices

Tips to Ensure Success with RM: Minimize Overhead by Selecting the Right Tools

John Simpson | May 19, 2014

The following is the final in a 7 part series of tips to ensure success in requirements management. Read part one of the series: Stay Connected and  download the whitepaper, 7 Tips to Ensure Success with RM. 

When you’re a small team in the same office developing a fairly straight-forward product, you can use a whiteboard, task cards and daily face-to-face meetings to manage requirements. A specialized tool in this case could create unnecessary overhead. Likewise, if your team is building a product where the requirements are all agreed upon up-front and won’t change much throughout the course of development, then documents and periodic status meetings may work just fine.

As projects grow in complexity and teams grow in size and geography, so do the communication challenges and overhead of trying to keep everyone and everything in sync. It’s in these scenarios, where a requirements management tool can add value because the overhead of using the tool is far less than the manual overhead it takes to keep track of changes, manage trace relationships, update documents and communicate constantly with everyone on the team.

Here’s a checklist of a few common tipping points where a specialized tool makes sense and can help reduce overhead by automating the process of keeping people and all the related information connected:

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