Tackling Common Challenges with Requirements Management in Microsoft's Azure DevOps
Product development ensuring safety compliance can be increasingly complex, especially in heavily regulated industries such as healthcare, technology and automotive design. Teams need to navigate the entire process end to end – from requirement visualization and testing to uses cases and reporting – and this can be a consuming task, requiring the use of multiple different platforms that are not always compatible. In this post, you’ll find out how 1,000s of businesses are eliminating all the challenges of product development through one simple Requirements Management solution built within Azure DevOps: Modern Requirements4DevOps.
Challenge 1: Unclear requirements documents
From choosing a methodology to figuring out end goals, project managers and designers each have their own preferences to creating requirements documents, some of which might not be clear to others. Creating an unclear requirements document can result in projects that go over time, over budget and do not address the necessary challenges of the stakeholders involved.
The Solution: Use a flexible tool that accommodates all content formats
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Challenge 2: Gathering correct requirements
Whether it’s usability, functionality or both, gathering comprehensive requirements is key to an effective product design. Without the correct requirements, a product may fail to meet regulatory compliance and stakeholder concerns.
The Solution: Leverage pre-built FAQs & easily gather requirements
Challenge 3: Authoring and documenting requirements/changes
With multiple team members and stakeholders involved, it can be challenging to stay on top of changing requirements, updates and backlogs, leaving users hunting for past documents that contains the changes.
The Solution: Enable a complete and central source of truth
Challenge 4: Managing Orphaned Requirements
Orphaned requirements are siloed requirements which are hard to estimate the impact caused by requirement changes. Orphaned requirements can increase costs and time spent on work that does not relate to any other key requirements. For example, test cases not linked to requirements etc.
The Solution: Add Traceability Matrices to easily identify orphaned requirements
Challenge 5: Creating mock-ups for visual presentation
It can be challenging to visualize how certain features and components will appear to users at the end of the design process. Attaching requirements directly to the design is often not possible and requires using multiple software and platforms, and redesigning these features once built is time consuming and wastes important resources.
The Solution: Use mockup tools directly in Azure DevOps
With the Mockups tool, users can prototype, wireframe, and mockup the interfaces that the team needs. The Mockup tool allows you to easily visualize how an interface, feature, or component will look like or be seen by a user.
Challenge 6: Verifying requirements
The Solution: Automatically generate user cases and diagrams
Challenge 7: Gaps in Documentation & Reporting
Stakeholders and team members can find it challenging to collaborate within the same space, which means many different documents and templates to keep track of. This can result in gaps in the management requirements and reporting process.
The Solution: Create living documents and reports
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Start your free 30-day trial of Modern Requirements4DevOps to overcome any and all authoring, designing, documenting, and requirements challenges. Every requirement you create will exist directly within your Azure DevOps project.
You have the option to try it in your own environment for a personalized experience or try it in Modern Requirements’ in-house Azure DevOps Server with pre-built templates.
Please note: If you choose to try it in your own environment, a valid Azure DevOps/VSTS account URL is required.