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Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

(OP)
Hi All,

I am very interested to understand more of this and perhaps someone here could help.

Apologies if I have posted this in the wrong forum, though I did search and found nothing.  So this seemed to be the next logical choice.

Where I picked up on RM (Requirements Management) was from seeing it initially referred to in job postings for Airbus.  Where basically there was a skill needed stating that 'Knowledge of DOORS would be an advantage'

This got me to start digging into and research what is DOORS about. This lead me to understand it is about (correct me if I am wrong) RM (Requirements Management).

Which is something that I am very interested in.  As I see looking back at my experiences it occurs to me that it is something that was never really done.  Perhaps if it was it was never done very well or the process was never very transparent, which it should be.

Digging further into DOORS leads me to find it it a product created and the full name is IBM RATIONAL DOORS.  After many days (and more nights :) ) I find that there is quite alot of interesting information out there on RM and I would like to know more.

The one thing that occurs to me is that when I do a search for work in this area.  Either by title or skill, keyword search I get very little in the way of 'hits'.  So what I am wondering is are there actaully jobs out there for people to do this sort of work?  Is it perhaps that this skill is just one that is considered to be part of a 'Project Manager' role or ..... I am open for suggestions or for someone to fill in the gaps?

So could anyone/everyone with a little/alot of information on this please help me out gain a better understanding on this?

As I said I have done quite a bit of reading online so far through LinkedIn and on the IBM RATIONAL DOORS website.  I expect the next step will be to buy some books...?  I am also investigating doing training. Although before I go further down this path I want to gain more understanding about the how practise and role involving RM.  Though training in something new that can be applied to improve the quality of the work you do is always a benefit in my mind. Also if it increases your skill set as well.

I have emailed several companies making inquires to better understand this 'sphere' of expertise and hope to gain a better understanding.  So if there are those out there actually workign in this industry or have knowledge of it I would be most grateful for any insights you care to impart.

Many thanks in advance.

Best Regards

Tetragrammaton :)

RE: Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

The larger an organization/project, the more room for specialization.

A small project/organization may not have formalized/dedicated project management.  These tasks will be picked up by the/an engineer working on the project.

A slightly larger project/organization may have a dedicated project manager.

An even larger project may have a project management team which may included specialists in certain aspects such as risk management, requirement management...

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RE: Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

DOORS is Dynamic Object-Oriented Requirements System started by a company called QSS, bought by Telelogic, bought by IBM, who had bought Rational, the makers of Rose.

DOORS is basically a database program that allows you to inject textural requirements documents and link parent-child requirements paragraphs, individually.  The basic objective is to ensure that all requirements are flowed to their respective destinations, and that extra sub-requirements do not creep in, as they would not have a parent requirement.  You can, ostensibly, also link less formal requirements, such as statement of objectives from stakeholders.

Additionally, DOORS allows you to flow back up allocated sub-requirements and test results, so that you can demonstrate compliance at every stage of the design.  A typical example might be to flow the allocated weights of a cad design to a primary requirement of 2000 lbs and show compliance.  As the design progresses to hardware build, actual weights can be flowed back up to verify compliance.  N.B., almost no one does that; the typical user uses only about 25% of the total capabilities of DOORS.

Requirements analysis and management fall under the general discipline of Systems Engineering, whose advocacy group is INCOSE: http://www.incose.org/

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RE: Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

(OP)
Hi IRstuff,

Thanks for the very interesting reply and the useful link.
While I did take some time to go over the website I was not completely certain if it was slanted towards 'software' systems engineering?? Rather than the broader engineering (requirements) management aspect I am looking for...?
I guess where I did not see it was (though I understand this site is about the discipline of Sys Eng) I am trying to look at from applying Req Man in Aerospace or Automtive disciplines and i did not quite get that feeling from that website....maybe i missed something or was looking for something too specific?
 

Best Regards

Tetragrammaton :)

RE: Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

It's not slanted.  I suggest you spent some more time, particularly on the glossary file.

TTFN

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RE: Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

I've seen DOORS used to collate requirements for both automotive and aerospace systems within the UK Defence Acquisition community - applied very much at the hardware level.

In that context, Requirements Management is recognised as a distinct discipline, with RMs tending to be appointed from a different background from PMs.

A.

 

RE: Does any one have knowledge of Requirements Management or Analysis?

Well, sure, but given mention of DOORS, requirements analysis, and requirements management, the context is much more limited.

TTFN

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Hope does spring eternal, particularly going into the fall school semester...

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