4 Traceability Tips for better Product Development

With product complexity increasing, customers want more sophisticated technologies. Thus there are more requirements and interdependencies than ever. As a result, the product development process has become a matter of how well you can manage these complexities.

Many product development teams have come across the moment when they realize that what they’re creating has become so complicated that it is impossible to trace manually in spreadsheets or with homegrown tools. 

Traceability is one of the key tools to manage complex requirements throughout their lifecycle. When traceability is carried out correctly, teams can accurately assess the impact of changes, track the history of product development, keep everyone in sync. And consistently improve the quality of the products.

In this article, we will share some traceability tips that can help you manage the product development process more accurately.

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Tips to Enhance your Requirements Writing skills

Writing Requirements requires both skills and practice. A better requirements document can save your organization a fortune with clear communication between the developer and product stakeholders. This, in turn, reflects across the organization, including greater transparency, lesser rework, and improves productivity.

While every organization has different requirements and methodologies, the fundamentals for writing requirements remain the same. 

In this article, we will share a few tips that can help you enhance your requirements writing skills.

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What are the most critical Challenges in Requirements Management?

Every Project Manager or Business Analyst understands the efficacy of managing requirements to deliver a successful project. Whether its a Project Management or Software Development, the foundation of success or failure depends on requirements management.

The vitality of requirements crosses project methodologies, whether agile or traditional. It also crosses industries, from financial, manufacturing, construction, energy, telecom, or others.

Analysts report that as many as 71% of software projects that fail do so because of poor requirements management, making it the single biggest reason for project failure – bigger than bad technology, missed deadlines, or change management fiascoes.

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Requirements Management – Why it is essential for Project success


The pressure of creating smarter products and systems is increasing the challenge for engineering enterprises.  With the rapid market changes in all industries, complexities to manage system requirements are on the rise.

Today, enterprises have to withstand the pressures of high-speed evolution of technologies, the emergence of new technologies, and associated process change. Simultaneously, harmonising with a broader range of stakeholder’s interests in the development.

It is essential to use robust requirements management tools to overcome such challenges. The requirements management function is the first step in a trail of traceability from requirements through user stories, design, code generation, testing, and deployment.

In this article, we will discuss the importance of Requirements Management for any successful project.

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Importance of Traceability & How it can help you manage your Projects Efficiently

Traceability is hard to ignore when it comes to project management. Whether you’re a project manager, business analyst, test manager, developer, or a product owner, you need to ensure you are delivering as per the business objectives.

Tracing the requirements for each sprint, release or project gets difficult in this fast-paced development environment. Irrespective of the organization and adopted methodologies, each release can have a wide range of requirements. Some projects may only have a handful of requirements, while other projects could have hundreds of requirements.

Gartner explains why companies underestimate the benefits of traceability:

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Requirements Version Management: Why you need it in Project Development

Almost every product evolves through a series of releases or iterations that correct defects, add more features, or update previously implemented features. It’s quite possible that for a product there can be a number of versions running in parallel.

Therefore you need to determine the best ways to store and manage these requirements. And avoid confusion about which requirements were used in each version while branching. An in-depth version control system helps to achieve this. 

Version control or version management allows the management of changes in requirements over time. It allows a complete retrace of all versions in each project, including the author of those versions.

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3 ways to enhance Project traceability using Links Explorer Traceability & Hierarchy

Comprehensive and reliable traceability is essential for any Project. Traceability helps ensure the alignment of the project tasks and deliverables with the business requirements. Tracking project tasks, subtasks, or bugs can be challenging, depending upon the complexity of your projects.

For example, one high-level Epic divides into several stories, or a high-level task divides into multiple subtasks. Now we all know that the only constant in a project is change. So, when a high-level Epic or task is changed, it is necessary to find all of the linked stories or bugs or tasks and subtasks to make sure they are not impacted. If you have only one linked story or subtask, this would be ok. But when there are tens and hundreds of stories or subtasks, it can become painful.

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How Jira and Links Explorer can boost your Agile transformation

Iterative and incremental development are critical elements of Agile development. The process represents the block of time during which the team has to produce a deliverable or increment. Agile helps organizations to evolve and maintain a focus on rapid development.

Agile gained popularity a decade ago when software industries started using agile software development methods. These methodologies address the customer’s needs and deliver business value right from the beginning of the project. The iterative process reduces the risk associated with the development and provides visibility and transparency at every stage of the project lifecycle.

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