IBM Rational DOORS Review

It provides us insight into clear requirements, although the actual database needs to be set up correctly and users must follow a well-defined process.


Valuable Features

  • Traceability
  • Baselines
  • Ability to customize using DXL

Improvements to My Organization

Having clear requirements is essential in delivering the right product.

Use of Solution

I've used it for 18 years.

Deployment Issues

No issues encountered.

Stability Issues

No issues encountered.

Scalability Issues

No issues encountered.

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

8/10

Technical Support:

8/10

Previous Solutions

When I started using DOORS, there were several other relational management tools in use at Boeing (where I worked then). We set DOORS as our standard. Now, I work for another Large US Aerospace Company, and DOORS is our standard.

Initial Setup

The setup is very simple. It licenses, and runs the two executables, server and clent, and you are done.

Implementation Team

Although DOORS is very easy to use, the actual database needs to be set up correctly and users must follow a well-defined process. This is where most customers have issues with DOORS.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

The best advice is to use tokens so you can use all the appropriate IBM tools.

Other Solutions Considered

Over the years supporting requirements management, I have participated in many trade studies where tools were evaluated. DOORS won most every time. Tools under consideration were Slate, Requisite Pro, RDD100, RTM, Razor, and TcSE.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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