As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in a master’s program in Technology Management at Columbia. As part of that, I’m working on a master’s project, which I’ve decided to do in the realm of requirements and specifications management, mostly because I’ve never seen it done well and would like to understand the field better for my own benefit.
I’ve been struggling a bit because I don’t have a good model to follow. At the companies I have been part of, it’s always been done with somebody slapping requirements together in Microsoft Word, which gets signed off on at the management level without the engineers ever being consulted, and then never looked at again. I’m starting my market survey, and know that there are a bunch of solutions at the enterprise level, like Rational or iRise, but haven’t yet found anything that works for smaller companies like the ones I typically work at.
So if you’re reading this blog, and feel like sharing, how do you manage requirements at your company? Do you use software or is it done via Word or a wiki? Who’s involved in the process? What signoffs do you use?
I’m not going to use any of this information specifically in my project – I’m just trying to get leads on models to follow and to collect anecdotal evidence on how this process works at other small companies. Any pointers or references you could provide would be welcomed. Feel free to contact me offline if you’d prefer.