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Planning the next stages of the Rational solution for CLM

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Whew!  What a couple of months.  In June we wrapped up development of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) 2011, had a great time at Innovate – our yearly Rational Conference – in Orlando, pushed the button on the final bits while in Orlando to send them to manufacturing, and celebrated that by […]

CLM 2011 is here: Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer 3.0.1 now available

As you’ve no doubt seen from our many recent blog posts, we’ve been counting down the days to our CLM 2011 release. I’m thrilled to announce that the release is now here! You can learn more about the release on the project pages for Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer, or jump […]

Announcing the CLM 2011 release: Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager and Rational Requirements Composer 3.0.1

I’m thrilled to announce our forthcoming collaborative lifecycle management release, the culmination of many months of intense development activity by multiple teams within Rational. On June 14, 2011, the 3.0.1 releases of Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager and Rational Requirements Composer will become generally available. You’ll be able to download trial versions right here at […]

Rational Requirements Composer Beta 2a: A big step forward

The latest beta of Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) demonstrates significant progress in our plans to deliver requirements definition and management capabilities in a single application on the Jazz Team Server*. Our intent is to help teams to employ relatively light-weight requirements processes as part of their agile, iterative, or waterfall project methodologies –- whether they […]

Using RRC 2.0 in a C/ALM solution

As a member of the Rational Requirements Composer product delivery team, working closely with customers and the IBM sales teams, I have the opportunity to see patterns in the challenges that teams are facing.  Considering this from the perspective of requirements and the people who create, refine, and use them to guide their work, these […]

Engage your customers. Introducing Rational Requirements Composer 2.0

Now that Rational Requirements Composer 2.0 is available for download here on, I would like to explain our motivation for 2.0, put Requirements Composer in the context of the Jazz vision (specifically with Team Concert and Quality Manager), and provide some pointers so you can learn more. With Rational Requirements Composer, we aim to […]

Only 5% are requirements

Over the past year or so, of the 4000+ artifacts created in the IBM Rational Requirements Composer product team’s own RRC Jazz repository, only 5% are textual artifacts of type “requirement.” We believe this dynamic is not unique to our team, and it points to important ways that teams can improve their chances of delivering […]

Drinking our own champagne: Using RRC 1.0 to develop the next version

We’ve produced a video about IBM Rational Requirements Composer and how we have been using Version 1 to develop Version 2 features. The video shows a process to building the right solution and the various artifacts developed at each stage. (Watch this video in our library) After you’ve watched the video, and if you […]

Requirements Composer changed my working life

As a senior consultant, who over the last 25+ years has been involved in many software development programs, from small applications to large military and satellite ground control systems, I have used (and seen) many different methods and tools for developing and managing requirements. Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) and the Jazz platform are tackling two […]

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