IBM Rational DOORS Other Advice

Michael W. Knop
Requirements Engineer at Visteon Corporation
Many new Rational DOORS users hate the product as a relic from the ‘90s. Most who have used the product over several years are generally ok with it. I like it, but I’ve made my living off it for years so I’m biased. Rational DOORS can be an excellent requirements management tool, but only if: * All users of the tool are on-site with the server. Rational DOORS should not be considered for distributed teams unless you have a robust method like remote desktops. * All users are trained in how to use the basic features of the tool. * There is an experienced Rational DOORS admin and DXL developer (can be same person) that can support users and create customizations and extensions. Rational DOORS out-of-the-box will never satisfy the needs and desires of users or admins. Only an experienced admin/developer will understand the best-practices for the product and be able to quickly build a layer of customizations and extensions to make life easier for users and admins. Please note that I consider these points extremely important. You cannot just buy a few Rational DOORS licenses and think you’re done. To be able to use Rational DOORS effectively you must invest in user training and at least one person who is experienced in Rational DOORS. And finally, perhaps a little off-topic, users ought to be trained in requirements management, especially in safety-conscious industries. For example, earning FAA certification for avionic software is a process whose foundation is requirements management. Users must understand why requirements management is important and be taught how to apply its principles in their work. The postings on this site are my own and don't necessarily represent Visteon's positions, strategies, or opinions. #iwork4visteon View full review »
PLM Development at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
My advice for anybody looking to implement this solution is to first get the processes right, and then look for the tools. The whole idea behind this solution is great but, the execution and the handling is old fashioned. It would have been ok ten years ago, but we are used to having better tools now. I would rate this solution a six out of ten. View full review »
DOORS Expert at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The solution can be used in the studio environment, but you need to manage it correctly. I would rate the solution six out of ten. View full review »
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