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
 

P1010692DOORS 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 Analysts) who are unfamiliar with the concepts and terms, and there will be much confusion to resolve. However, the capability will be very much welcomed by the user community who are looking for stronger governance over their Requirements Management process. Continue reading »

May 222014
 

Be part of a social experiment: share the IBM Innovate hallway conversations.

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IBM Innovate is soon to be underway, running from 1-5 June 2014. This year I didn’t get the Golden Ticket, so I am changing my name to Cinderella and staying home. I realized that I didn’t have to let a little thing like ‘not being there’ from preventing my participation, so I am running an experiment.

Conferences are great, especially large ones like IBM Innovate. There are so many people and so many really interesting chance conversations in the hallways. There are scheduled sessions too, but the icing on the cake is the conversations in the coffee breaks (often with cake!). Continue reading »

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, [...]

Mar 042014
 
DOORS Information Architecture Workshop. Part 2 of 4

In the previous article I looked at what information needs to be collected in the as-is phase of a DOORS Information Architecture Workshop.  In this article, I will focus on how that information is collected. As a reminder, this series consists of : What information needs to be collected for the as-is How to collect [...]