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New Post 8/27/2008 10:47 AM
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Requirements Management tools 

Can anyone tell me if there are good tools out there to help gather , document and manage requirements ? I am at a small company around 300+ and we have no tools to help manage things like versionsing,traceability,etc

New Post 9/17/2008 9:21 AM
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Re: Requirements Management tools 

Do you know about Rational tools? They have a bunch of tools which can help in situations like this. Req Pro will serve as a repository to all the artifacts, Clear Case will do the versioning. There are other great tools like RSA, Clear Quest etc.

Hope this helps.

New Post 9/25/2008 12:20 PM
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Re: Requirements Management tools 
Modified By Adrian M.  on 9/29/2008 2:42:17 AM)

We recently release a new $99 requirements management tool based on Microsoft Excel.

George Laszlo of "The Laszlo Letter" wrote this review:

Whether a new software application is intended for a validated or
non-validated environment, collecting, documenting, managing and using
requirements remains a necessary and often daunting task. With this in
mind, a small Pennsylvania-based firm called IM Visions has released a
straight-forward tool called SimpleReq to help tackle this chore.

Having come from the biopharmaceutical industry, the founders of IM
Visions are very much aware of the added rigors related to validation
in a regulated environment. They have designed SimpleReq to meet the
needs of the traditional Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and of

SimpleReq is available from the IM Visions web site at an annual
subscription price of $99.95. This is for a single instance of MS
Office running on a single PC. You can select either the MS Office
2003 or MS Office 2007 version.

Read the entire Review at:

A demo and free trial of Simple-Req are available at:



New Post 10/2/2008 2:11 AM
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Re: Requirements Management tools 

Try Cradle.. here's some text from the website

Cradle is intended to be useful for projects concerned with:

• Requirements elicitation and definition

• System analysis and design

• System architecture definition

• Business process modelling and engineering

• Capability service definition and delivery

 Cradle fully supports systems and software engineering processes with tools for:

 1. Requirements capture and management

2. Systems analysis

3. Architecture design

4. System and subsystem design

5. Function allocation

6. Performance assessment

7. Metrics

8. Test and acceptance management

9. Hazard, risk and critical issue management

10. Project document generation (paper, word processing software or web)

11. Configuration management and control

12. Workflows

Cradle provides both web-based and non-web-based tools. All tools link to a central database server

to ensure complete data consistency and integrity. With its distributed, multi-user architecture,

Cradle has no need for any check-out, check-in or data merge operations.

Cradle is a multi-user environment in which groups of people work together in projects. The groups can be co-located, or geographically distant.

New Post 10/3/2008 5:43 AM
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Re: Requirements Management tools 

One of the most commonly used tools in our office is Borland’s Caliber RM.  It seems to work well, but it does some things better than others.  Before investing in an expensive tool, I would recommend investing some time in understanding your business/companies needs for a tool.  If you would like more information about Seilevel’s experience with the Caliber tool, there are some really great conversations about Caliber on the Seilevel Discussion board.


There are also some open source requirements tools.  I have not used any of these personally.


·         Open Source Requirements Management Tool 1.5

·         Tigris

·         JFeature

·         Useme


I would suggest that your first step is to evaluate what you need the tool to do.  For example, do you just want to do tractability?  If so some tools may fall off your list of possibilities since they do not handle that task very well.  If you are looking for versioning alone, then there are many tools that are not requirement specific, but handle document version changes. 


As with any tool, its best to understand your needs (requirements) before ascribing a solution.  I wish you the best of luck with your search.

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