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Managing Complex Requirements with Word & Excel

Managing Complex Requirements with Word & Excel

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Why MS Word and Excel are not Enough to Manage Complex Requirements?

“Requirements are critical for managing project success”, a fact that is broadly accepted by most organizations, isn’t it? Having to deal with ambiguous or poorly defined requirements, which can neither be measured nor validated, is, according to several studies like the Standish Group CHAOS report, one of the major reasons for project failure.

With the modern product being increasingly intricate, consisting of multiple engineering aspects and hardware/software components for a better customer experience in addition to industry-specific safety regulations that must be adhered to, it is more imperative than ever before for companies striving towards competitive success to master their requirements management. As such, effective productivity with maximum efficiency should take first priority when developing complex products in industries such as medical device manufacturing, aerospace & defense, and automotive engineering.

When it comes to managing complex requirements, Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel just don’t cut it. Sure, these programs are great for basic text documents and organizing data in spreadsheets, but they fall short when dealing with the complexity of larger projects. For example, if you need to track changes between versions of a document or diagram, or keep track of multiple stakeholders’ input on a project—things that often come up in software development—you’ll quickly find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of effort required to do so using Word and Excel alone.

That’s where specialized requirement management tools come into play. These tools are designed specifically for tracking requirements over time and across different versions of documents and diagrams. They often include features such as version control, traceability, and collaboration tools to help manage the complexity of a project. With these tools in place, teams can more efficiently collaborate on projects and ensure that everyone’s requirements are being addressed throughout the process. So if you’re looking for a better way to manage complex requirements, be sure to check out such specialized requirement management tools. It could save you a lot of time and hassle—and make your job much easier!

Final Thoughts

Visure Requirements ALM Platform is designed to give teams using Microsoft Word & Excel a fast track into modern requirements management processes. By importing requirements from MS Office files into Visure’s ALM platform and establishing traceability across projects or requirements, teams will gain a comprehensive view of their projects. Visure will also enable teams to easily export their project items and reports in either Excel or Word format for stakeholder review, compliance, or audits. Take advantage of all that Traceability Matrices, Impact Analysis View, and Automated Document Creation Process has to offer; along with customizable reports tailored to your specific needs. Visure is the perfect tool for engineering teams looking to improve their requirements management processes. Check out Visure with the help of our 30-day free trial now!

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Streamlining Requirements Management and Validation

July 16th, 2024

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Louis Arduin

Louis Arduin

Senior Consultant, Visure Solutions

Thomas Dirsch

Senior Software Quality Consultant, Razorcat Development GmbH

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Learn how to streamline requirements management and validation for the best outcomes.