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Rational Requirements Composer

Definition · Management · Analysis

Need more than documents and spreadsheets to drive requirements?

Development projects typically use up-front requirements to drive a project forward -- and eventually documents and spreadsheets just don't cut it.

Try IBM Rational Requirements Composer: A better way to define, collaborate, and manage requirements for any size development or project team. Features >

Looking for lifecycle management?

Rational Requirements Composer is part of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management.

What's new in 4.0.6

Many usability improvements for modules, including faster artifact creation, new options for the module editor, and the ability to specify the artifact types that you prefer to work with.

Features and capabilities

Quickly define and organize requirements with convenient tools: UI mock-up, story boards, rich-text editors, and predefined templates. more >

Define requirements visually to quickly convey your project needs: Use cases, diagrams, and customized project content. more >

Connect project requirements, scenarios, test artifacts, and development work items through traceability to identify gaps and change impact. more >

Generate documents, spreadsheets, or PDF reports that show project progress, traceability coverage, and overall status. more >

Engage the experts from your team to collaborate and improve the quality of your project requirements. more >

Quickly identify what changes were made and who made them throughout the project's progress. more >

Take a tour

Easily track changes with suspect links

Watch how you can easily find requirements changes and keep your requirements accurate.

Visualize your links like never before

See how the graphical traceability explorer will expand the way you use requirements and lifecycle traceability.

What others are saying

Better requirements for better business outcome

High quality business requirements and good management practices in the development process (waterfall, iterative or agile) leads to the best outcomes. Engaging stakeholders - early and often - in defining and validating requirements improves the likelihood that projects will deliver what customers need. Using well defined requirements in an organized managed process allows business analysts, developers, and other team members to analyze the information to help drive key business decisions. Traceability across requirements can expose gaps and impact from change. Analysis features then give team members the power to discover key status, release, and value information during development based on good quality requirements.

  • Requirements are expressed in many different forms visually and textually and they can come from many sources and tools: spreadsheets, presentations, whiteboard snapshots, etc. Requirements Composer will bring these "information islands" together and connect them with traceability to expose them to the broader development team for collaboration and analysis.
  • Requirements Composer helps project teams define what the business needs to accomplish, structure their ideas as text, stories, use cases, process diagrams, work items and tests.
  • Analysts and others who author documents have all of these tools and features available, with similar user interfaces, in one location, using a common repository.
  • Impact and requirement gaps in project information can be viewed and exposed using built in traceability viewers to show how changed requirement will affect the down/up stream for development.
  • Project team members will be able use standard reporting views that include attributes, filters, sorts, traceability and other critical information for development decisions.