Jun 152015

The topic of test management comes up every now and again. Some people might remember the Test Tracking Toolkit from DOORS Classic, some might even have been using it recently. We also have a decent test management tool in Rational Quality Manager (RQM). I have been thinking about the options for a simplified way of managing small amounts of test data all within DOORS Next Generation (DNG).

Because of the underlying differences in the database architecture, just copying the DOORS Classic model is not ideal, so what I have done is to create a model that will allow for relatively painless transition to RQM at a later date, and one which takes advantage of some of the DNG features.

I created a data model which is shown here. I will work through that and describe some of the process that needs to go around it. The details follow on from here.


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Oct 242014

connectorSoloDocumenting interfaces has always been a challenge. We put the interface requirements in a separate document and give that as a part of the documentation to the groups designing on both sides of the interface. Now I have a single document with all aspects of the interface neatly covered, but when I look at my system requirements, I am missing some aspects that are hidden away in various interface specifications. It would be nice to have all my environmental requirements in one place, all my physical requirements in one place and so on. For complicated interfaces, perhaps a separate document is a good idea, but for simple interfaces, I think there is a better way. Continue reading »

Aug 282014

brainShiftI had one of those brain shifting conversations today, you know the type, where an obvious assumption of mine was totally different from the obvious assumption of the person I was speaking to.

This is another post about the IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation with Configuration Management Beta software, for more information go to jazz.net where the beta is available to try, and the development is being managed in a publicly visible Rational Team Concert database.

I had assumed that every engineer, or analyst working in DOORS Next Generation with Configuration Management, would have their own workspace and deliver changes to a parent workspace managed by an integration engineer of some description. Continue reading »

Jul 232014

A little while ago, I posted about Real Configuration Management for Requirements, but I didn’t go in to any detail about HOW it should, or could be used.  Requirements engineers/managers are not typically working with configuration management at this level on a daily basis, so I have set out a very basic flow here. First of all, you need to know that this post describes working with an open Beta release of DOORS Next Generation, and all manner of changes can occur before this functionality is ever released.

I set up an empty project as described in my previous post to work through the basic exercise shown in the image here.  One Variant, with one Version, and two Engineers working on the problem. I thought it best to start simple and find out how this might actually work for real. If I lose you in the description then come back to this diagram for reference.

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Jul 042014

DOORSPartitionProcessI posted a while ago on using DOORS Partitions for offline working. In that post, I mentioned that we had worked out a process for managing the data in a supply chain, and that is what I am going to cover here.

In an ideal world, you would have your suppliers directly accessing your data on your server through a secure hole in your firewall. In practice this seems to be a very rare occurrence. Even where I have seen access granted, it has been on a separate LAN so that you plug in to a red CAT5 cable to access the customer network. Web based tools are pointed to as a silver bullet for collaboration, but in fact there is no difference between allowing someone from outside your organization to access a secure web based tool with a browser, or allowing them access through a DOORS thick client to your database. This problem is not one of technology, but one of security and people. Continue reading »

Jun 272014
Real Configuration Management for Requirements

DOORS Next Generation is getting Configuration Management capabilities. This is a huge step for DOORS NG, a requirements management tool. The CM capability is similar to what you might expect for source control, with similar language, like ‘streams’, ‘deliver’, ‘workspace’, and others. I think that we will find that many requirements management users (or Business […]

Mar 262014
Documenting a DOORS Database Schema

Following on from the Information Architecture Workshop series, I want to show an example of how some of that information should be documented. A comprehensive document should be made available, but also a summary document for quick reference and guidance. Some years ago we produced a quick reference document for a generic schema and process, […]