Requirements Management

Managing System Design Complexity: 3 Tips to Save Time

89% of feature requirements from project kick-off make it into the final product

Managing System Design Complexity: 3 Tips to Save TimeWhile embedded software is becoming increasingly familiar in all sectors, it's still outside of the core competencies of many organizations. Even organizations experienced with embedded software still wrestle with incorporating these components into their products. To take advantage of the opportunities presented by embedded software, organization must improve systems engineering practices to allow for true integrations of mechanical, electrical, and software components.

The performance of the Best-in-Class, from this study, demonstrates the steps these leaders have taken to address the complexity of system design. Their approach incorporates capabilities to support:

  • Change Management
  • Requirements Management
  • Requirements Traceability

Lack of traceability adds to the difficulty of requirements management. Effective requirements traceability means creating links between requirements to ensure that dependencies are recognized so that the impact of changes can be understood. Only 1% of survey respondents indicate that requirements traceability has no impact. This means that the vast majority of study respondents find that traceability represents an important element of requirements management.

Managing system complexity starts with proper definition and management of requirements. Successful requirements management starts with an understanding of customer and market needs. Complete the form to download the full Aberdeen Research brief to learn how to update change management processes across engineering disciplines.

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