Requirements Baseline: Defining, Implementing, and Performing
Requirements gathering and management are critical to the success of any software development project. The requirements baseline defines the starting point for further work on the project. It is important to define, implement and perform this baseline correctly. In this article, we will discuss the importance of the Requirements Baseline and how to go about setting it up correctly.
What are Requirement Baselines?
A baseline is a fixed point of reference that is majorly used for comparison purposes during configuration management. In other words, baselines are the description of several attributes of the product at a particular point in time. The main aim of these descriptions is to provide a basis for defining the changes in the product.
During project management, baselines are static representations of different KPIs like time, cost, and scope, at a particular point in time. These static representations can be anything such as snapshots or pictures or anything else. They are only for reading purposes and not for any modification purposes. These baselines majorly help in document comparison. It enables all the stakeholders to have shared consistent data against which they are able to evaluate the progress of the project. Baselines are usually created when a certain milestone in the project lifecycle is achieved. Once the elements become a part of the baseline, changes are supposed to follow a change control process.
How are Requirement Baselines useful?
Baselines are useful because they provide a point of reference for the project. In other words, it becomes easy to track the progress of the project if there is a baseline. It also helps in measuring whether the project is going as per the plan or not. Baselines also help in keeping everyone on the same page. Since baselines are created at the beginning of the project, they help in setting expectations for all the stakeholders.
Baselines are also useful because they help in identifying the changes that need to be made in the project. Once a baseline is set, any changes that need to be made have to go through a change control process. This helps in ensuring that only approved changes are made to the project.
How to implement Requirement Baselines?
There are different ways in which baselines can be implemented. One way is to use tools like Visure Requirements. These tools help in tracking the progress of the project and also help in keeping all the stakeholders on the same page. Another way to implement baselines is through documentation. Documentation helps in providing a point of reference for all the stakeholders. It also helps in tracking the progress of the project.
Baselines are an important part of any software development project. They help in setting the starting point for further work on the project and also help in measuring the progress of the project. It is important to define, implement and perform this baseline correctly.
Requirements baselines are key to success when implementing an ALM platform. They provide a common ground for all stakeholders and help ensure that everyone is on the same page with regard to what needs to be delivered. At Visure, we understand the importance of requirements baselines, which is why we offer a free 30-day trial of our Requirements ALM Platform. This platform helps you create and manage your requirements baselines in an efficient and effective manner. If you’re interested in learning more about our platform or would like to request a free trial, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have.