Every company defines, captures, and manages its requirements in one way or another, whether with a formal requirement tool or a more informal method like shared file drives. In companies that have grown through acquisition or allow project teams flexibility in selecting their own requirements approach, the number of requirement tools can be numerous. Based on Siemens’ experience, a dozen or more tools are regularly used in a single company.
While this flexibility drives innovation and adoption, there is a consequence when the requirements need to be used to deliver a single product. Design and development teams must understand and realize the requirements while providing evidence of design completion and satisfaction. Collaboration and coordination are key methods to ensure all stakeholders are on the same page.