Helix ALM Requirements Management

Requirements management that goes way beyond Office.

Helix ALM Requirements Management

Why Helix ALM Requirements Management?

Collaborate with multiple stakeholders—simultaneously capturing requirements, performing reviews, knowing what's approved, and most importantly, being aware of changes.

Define a rich taxonomy of requirement types and their relationships to ensure complete requirements specifications and simplify requirements decomposition.

Leverage our forward and backward traceability to quickly produce matrix reports, verify the test coverage of requirements, and even trace requirements to source code changes.

A Living, Breathing, Requirements Document

Begin by centralizing.

Centralize requirements to break free of the single-owner constraints Office applications place on documents.

Organized like a document, but better.

Organize (and reorganize) the hierarchy of requirements. Just like a document. But everyone shares in real time, so it's better.

"Re-use" requirements.

Reuse requirements to reduce requirements validation, ensure consistency across projects, and leverage test case and test coverage work.

6 Best Practices for Requirements Reuse

Multiple taxonomies for complex problems.

Classify requirements based on multiple taxonomies, including safety and risk for safety-critical products. We can link risks to systems requirements and tests for risk analysis and control.

Learn how we help medical device developers manage safety-related requirements

Decomposition that's odor-free.

We make it easier to decompose marketing requirements into product requirements, system specifications, and functional requirements. As you decompose, we maintain hierarchy and build traceability for each requirement's point of origin.

Leave Office behind.

If you've been managing requirements with Microsoft Word, we're so sorry. You'll be happy to know importing them into Helix ALM is a breeze.

And, welcome to the future.

Helix ALM's traceability matrix lets you perform coverage analysis by viewing the relationships between related items. For example, you may want to ensure that at least one test case has been generated for each approved requirement in a project. You can use the traceability matrix to compare requirements against test cases to see which requirements have test cases linked to them.

The traceability matrix displays items in rows and columns for comparison. Each item is listed by item type tag and number, and the number in parentheses indicates the number of links or relationships.

requirements management traceability matrix

Relationships and links between two items are denoted by icons in the cells, which indicate the following:

  • Parent/child link: One item is the parent or child to the other item.
  • Peer link: The items are peers.
  • Parent/child relationship: The arrows point to the parent item. Only requirements display relationships in the traceability matrix.
  • Peer relationship: The requirements share two relationships that point in opposite directions. This will occur when requirements are used in multiple requirements documents, but have different relationships in each document.
  • Suspect item: One of the items has been marked as suspect.

Helix ALM's traceability matrix toolbar makes it easy to quickly show or hide content in the matrix. For example, to reduce the size of the matrix and the amount of information you have to sort through, you can remove rows and columns that do not contain a link or relationship.

Instant Transparent Requirements Traceability.

Build lasting relationships.

Traceability starts with building relationships. Link requirements to other requirements, test cases, test results, even source code to provide upstream and downstream traceability of development artifacts.

The matrix has you...covered.

Focus on test coverage analysis, root cause analysis, and other relationship-based analysis with our traceability matrix. Helix ALM eliminates the hours of manual effort required to create and maintain these.

More about the traceability matrix

Presto! Test cases.

Effortlessly generate Helix ALM test cases from approved requirements to validate requirements are implemented correctly.

Bonus: Test cases are automatically linked to the parent requirement.

Warning! Changes Ahead.

Click! You've just taken a snapshot.

Taking snapshots of requirement documents at key milestones facilitates tracking and comparing changes later on.

That requirement is acting suspicious.

Suspect item flagging highlights development artifacts linked to a requirement, including other requirements, that need to be reviewed when a requirement changes. How convenient!

indicates a suspect requirement.

Understand your impact.

Impact analysis reports shine the spotlight on risk, helping you understand the impact of a requirement change on related requirements and test cases—important information to manage schedule and quality.

Analyzing the Impact of Requirement Changes

Analyze the Impact of Change

Impact analysis can take the guesswork out of understanding and approving requirement changes by helping you quickly understand the scope of changes in the context of the entire project.

Learn how to perform impact analysis with Helix ALM

Now You Can Collaborate.

Don't be surprised.

Business analysts, project managers, engineering, and quality assurance always have the latest version of requirements available for review, design, and verification. Fewer surprises = less rework.


We give your team visibility and a voice. They can view and compare historical versions, see related artifacts, add comments or notes, provide estimates, even enter work performed.

Penny for your thoughts.

Requirement review notes appear inline with requirements. Relevant emails are also tracked with the requirement.

Get input from everyone.

Make it easy for all stakeholders to participate in the requirements review process with lower-cost review-only licenses. See each other's comments in real-time—from work, home, or on the road.

Learn about Helix ALM Requirements Reviewer

Sign here.

Reach consensus, know who has reviewed requirements and, more importantly, who you are waiting on. Helix ALM keeps communication flowing and can even nag unresponsive stakeholders so your requirements documents achieve sign-off.

Include "old school" stakeholders.

We can export requirements documents to Microsoft Word for customers or stakeholders who do not have access to Helix ALM.

Requirements management is only part of our complete ALM story.

Don't Outgrow Your Requirements Management Tool

As your team grows or project complexity increases, communication issues and inefficiencies creep into managing requirements leading to missed deadlines, blown budgets, poor product quality, and unmet customer expectations. Have you outgrown your requirements management tool?

Learn the signs so you don't fall victim

10 Signs You've Outgrown Your Requirements Management Tool

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