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.
"Customers these days expect to get exactly what they paid for—not an interpretation that has gone through a bunch of people. When we use Helix ALM to win business and generate a test procedure and deliver a requirement, we can more accurately meet expectations."
Albert Free - Systems Engineering Director, Enterprise Electronics Corporation
"Helix ALM supports cross-location coordination of the development process so that we have one central piece, especially for requirements management."
Thomas Rummel - Senior Vice President Global Technology, Softing
"Seapine's complete ALM solution now enables us to efficiently manage our requirements, test cases, defects, and source code."
Chris Michl - CIO, Conductix-Wampfler
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.
Reuse requirements to reduce requirements validation, ensure consistency across projects, and leverage test case and test coverage work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?