Product development and delivery is more complex today. Modern products are multifaceted and multidisciplinary, with hardware, software and various engineering approaches coming together in the name of superior customer experience. In our safety-and security-conscious age, they are also subject to intense standards and regulations. To maintain a competitive edge in this fast-changing environment, enterprises must work effectively and efficiently. That means adopting cutting-edge requirements management tools that facilitate smooth communication and collaboration, total visibility and real-time insight, and successful product testing and traceability.
But recent Forrester Consulting research finds that only 28 percent of companies currently employ a dedicated RM tool. The rest still rely on a purely documents-based approach, even though using incumbent tools such as Microsoft Word and Excel exclusively to design, manage and execute requirements presents an array of problems, including version-control issues, poor communication, inefficient collaboration and lack of coordination.
Word documents hundreds of pages long, Excel spreadsheets packed with thousands of lines—sharing these ever-evolving files among multiple stakeholders and diverse teams throughout the development and testing process is cumbersome, frustrating and time-consuming. And with the market demanding flawless products delivered at record speeds, that kind of inefficiency is something innovators can no longer afford.
Thankfully, there’s Jama™.
Jama is a Modern Requirements Management solution that manages complexity and creates alignment across the entire product
development process. It translates unwieldy documents into a structured database of itemized requirements, linking and integrating
items and tasks through trace relationships. Jama, designed for purposeful collaboration, offers social-media-style functions such as “@mentions” and hashtags to enable fast and effective communication among team members and stakeholders. Jama Review Center marries the best elements of email and Word, facilitating feedback capture, decisions and context for requirements under review. Jama aligns everyone and everything to a common vision. It helps teams define, organize and collaborate on the objectives of end products while staying connected to overall business goals.
No longer held back by overreliance on documents-based requirements review, validation and approval, visionaries all over the world are harnessing the power of Jama—with demonstrated results.
Jama: Managing Complexity
Word and Excel undoubtedly serve a purpose. For early-phase documentation, and for coordinating small, simple projects, they remain efective tools. But as product development grows more complex, and with enterprises under increasing pressure to deliver flawless products faster, cheaper and safer, documents are no longer enough. Today, adopting a Modern Requirements Management solution such as Jama isn’t only valuable and useful—it’s essential.