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Associating test plans with IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS requirement views

After you have created a connection with the Engineering Requirements Management DOORS® server and set up a connection between a Quality Management project and a Engineering Requirements Management DOORS project, you can associate Engineering Requirements Management DOORS requirements with test plans.

About this task

When you create a link to external artifacts in a Engineering Lifecycle Management workbench source application, by default a link is automatically created back to the source artifact in the target application, also called a backlink.
Learn more about bi-directional links: When a source artifact and target artifact link to each other, this is known as bidirectional linking. The source and target applications store their links in separate databases, and the source application does not have access to the database in the target application. Certain transactional operations, such as when artifacts are copied or deleted, can occur on the source application server. In these cases, corresponding back links in artifacts in the target application are not automatically added or removed. Also, instances occur where back links are intentionally removed from the target application without removing the corresponding link from the source application. As a result, if bidirectional links are not in a state of synchronization, traceability between the source and target artifacts can appear different based on your starting viewpoint.


  1. Open or create a test plan, and in the table of contents, click Requirement Collection Links.
  2. If there is more than one requirements provider application, click the DOORS tab.
  3. Click the Add new links icon (Add). The Requirement Links page opens.
  4. The requirement projects are displayed on the right. Expand the project that contains the requirement collections, and then select the Collections folder. Requirement collections that are available for association with test plans are displayed on the left.
    Note: You must first define the requirement views in Engineering Requirements Management DOORS so they can be validated by a test plan.
  5. Select the requirement collection to associate with the test plan.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the window, and click OK.
    The requirement collections are displayed in the Requirement Collection Links section of the test plan.
  7. Click Save to save the changes that you made to the test plan.

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