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Design Management

Analysis · Design change management · Lifecycle traceability

Good designs. Better outcomes.

Use the Design Management capabilities to architect, design, and develop software and systems in an iterative and collaborative way. Share designs, stay current with others, and understand downstream impacts of design changes.

Two options: Design Management for Rational Software Architect for most software designers, and Design Management for Rational Rhapsody for systems and embedded software engineers. Features >

Looking for lifecycle management?

Design Management for Rational Software Architect is part of Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management, and Design Management for Rational Rhapsody is part of Rational Systems and Software Engineering.

What's new in 6.0

See New & Noteworthy in the Downloads section for the latest on new features and enhancements.

Features and capabilities

Design in context

Work seamlessly with analysts, developers, and testers. Make designs first class artifacts in your lifecycle projects.


Invite users and other experts to collaborate on your designs. Use threaded comments, design mark-up, and automated design reviews. Sketch out ideas before turning them into designs.

Traceability and impact analysis

Link designs to requirements, test artifacts, work items, and other designs. Visualize relationships within a design and with other lifecycle resources. Know the impact of a design change.

Manage change

Collaborate with your team on changes to the same designs without conflicts.

Publish design documents

Generate customized design documents from a template or create living design documents as part of your project.

Designs at your finger tips

Quickly search across designs to learn from past projects and find reusable design components.