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What’s new in DOORS Next Generation 6.0.6

We’ve put a lot of effort into the enhancements to IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation (DNG) 6.0.6, including the following.  For more in-depth detail, see the New &  Noteworthy.

Requirements Repurposing

As users decompose requirements from one level to the next, they typically copy a high-level requirement to draft a lower level need. We call this decomposition repurposing.

This release introduces support for decomposition that:

  • Allows for type repurposing to reshape requirements from high-level to low-level types
  • Transforms your requirement type on a copy operation based on the preferred artifact types defined in your modules
  • Links back to the originator of the repurpose operation
  • Copies and links between requirements in different components

Repurpose high-level to lower-level

 Enterprise and Scale

As deployments of DNG mature, so does the scale of information being managed. Act now and prepare for your additional scale needs. Adopt a deployment topology that has multiple RM servers to:

  • Provide another layer of control
  • Extend the scale of data that DOORS Next Generation can support

A Multi-RM server topology has been supported for many releases.  This release includes enhancements such as:

  • Drag-and-drop linking
  • Support for all custom RM link types
  • Support for multiple JTS servers
  • Notes:
    • All data must be in the same global configuration.
    • Link types must be defined in both RM servers and have the same URI values.
    • Related RM servers must be registered with the same LDX.
    • Focus on module data.

Drag and drop linking over two RM servers

 Module base artifacts location

To facilitate reuse, requirements within modules are also placed into a root “base” folder and can be distracting to users when all they want to see is modules. DNG 6.0.6 enables a project to define the root location for base artifact folders, allowing the user to focus solely on the module data.  This enhancement:

  • Removes some of the risks of linking to incorrect requirements
  • Refocuses the user on only the requirements in which he or she is interested
  • Enables a project manager to continue to apply access controls from a central place

module location

Supply chain with a mix of DOORS and DOORS Next Generation

This release removes the ReqIF restriction of data, crossing a mixed supply chain of IBM
Rational DOORS and DOORS Next Generation where DOORS Next Generation is the original host.

In previous releases,

  • DOORS enforces attribute-level locking in order to remove the need for merging conflicting changes.
  • DOORS Next Generation has no attribute-level locking since it has the functionality to support merging of conflicting changes.

This release introduces attribute-level locking control in the ReqIF package created from DOORS Next Generation. This enables round-tripping of requirements updates with ReqIF with a supply chain using a mixture of DOORS and DOORS Next Generation.



This release includes many smaller enhancements designed to improve the daily processes of a requirements engineer including:

  • Artifact picker now supports rich hover so that the right requirement is always selected
  • “Paste as link” added to trace columns if you prefer to use drag and drop for creating links
  • Filter metrics displayed for active filters
  • Comment metrics added to review dialog
  • and more…

Rational DOORS Next Generation is part of the IBM Rational  Collaborative Lifecycle Management and IBM Continuous Engineering solutions.


Richard Watson
IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation Offering Manager

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