Rational DOORS Next Generation

Rational DOORS Next Generation

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IBM® Rational® DOORS® Next Generation provides a scalable solution to optimize communication, collaboration and verification of requirements. It enables you to capture, trace, analyze and manage changes to requirements while maintaining compliance to regulations and standards. With DOORS you can improve the management of project scope and cost throughout your organization and supply chain. This software is available on premises and in the cloud, which allows you to get up and running quickly so that your team can focus on your organization’s core competency.

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IBM DOORS review by <span>Kathy D.</span>
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Clunky Requirements Module

What do you like best?

I like that it's able to link up with HP ALM, our test management tool and generate trace matrices. It's quite comprehensive and has a lot of options to customize and generate the reports we need for documentation.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the GUI and the learning curve to set up and eventually generate trace matrices is quite difficult. The process is not intuitive and there is a lot of room for mistakes so that you'll end up guessing what you did wrong when modules don't link up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have your projects management team work closely with development and testing teams so that they can be on the same page about requirements management.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to store and manage requirements for some projects. We use DOORS to establish traceability matrices to conform to our quality system standards. It has helped people in our company create, organize and output requirements for our projects.

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IBM DOORS review by <span>Richard K.</span>
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Strong requirements management tool, but still missing some key features of legacy DOORS

What do you like best?

The fact that DNG is web-based and cloud-based is already a major improvement over legacy DOORS. I find the user interface more intuitive than legacy DOORS. There is a strong online community for help and support. IBM has been fairly responsive to our problem reports. Using custom reports created with Rational Publishing Engine, we have been able to produce well formatted documents that are deliverable to our client with very little manual formatting to do outside of DNG.

What do you dislike?

Complex Boolean filters that existed in legacy DOORS are missing from DNG. The commenting feature is half-baked, for example, comments on an artifact disappear when the artifact is removed from a module, and comments cannot easily be exported from DNG. Even at version 6.0.4., there are still some user interface bugs, such as the page not displaying properly after scrolling quickly. There is no way to export the comparison between two baselines.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Whether you should choose DNG over another vendor's requirements management product or not I cannot say. However, legacy DOORS was the industry leader for RM, and I recommend DNG over legacy DOORS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

DNG is a solid requirements management tool. Although it has some issues that I mentioned above, legacy DOORS also has different issues. I would certainly choose DNG over legacy DOORS to manage requirements, whether for a program, project, system, software, or hardware.

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IBM DOORS review by <span>Qaiser I.</span>
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Great tool for managing requirement in complex environment

What do you like best?

Prior to version 6, the requirement module was not that much mature, lacks many important features but from version 6, the introduction of global configuration management added many good things. now requirement analyst can develop their requirements and mange the trace-ability specific to any particular requirement version. Moreover graphical requirements can be easily developed now because of HTML5 builtin editor.

What do you dislike?

There are couple of things which can be improved. First is the performance, if you are working in module and the size is quite large, we face lots of performance issues. also there are many issues related to arabic language.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The major problem its solves is tracing defects or any item back to original requirement. This feature helps a lot in figuring out the impact analysis as well as trace-ability matrices

IBM DOORS review by <span>Sivaraman J.</span>
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DNG For Project Requirements Management Solution

What do you like best?

DNG has an intuitive web interface, with project data organized in a structured hierarchy. It's easy to filter, search and identify inter-dependencies of project artifacts. The storyboard capabilities and graphical link explorer facilitate excellent requirements elicitation. The capabilities it brings to the Requirements Management solution via Collections and Modules are indispensable for efficient requirements management solution both for Software and Systems Development teams. It's definitely a happy marriage between RequisitePro and Legacy Doors.

What do you dislike?

None. I would be inclined to say cost of ownership and maintenance, but measuring the improved efficiencies of teams and the overall improvement in the quality of the product and/or systems develop it outweighs it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Functional Requirements Management and all other Requirements Artifacts Management (The customer refers to them as Non-Functional Requirements)

IBM DOORS review by User in Industrial Automation
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Using Doors for Product Requirements

What do you like best?

Doors offers a nice platform for tracking requirements between products and product families. I use this to track both hardware and firmware requirements for complex manufacturing products. The trace-ability and decomposition it provides are nice for piece-wise workloads. It is easy to create document baselines for different releases and track changes as the product requirements become more defined.

What do you dislike?

Doors program portal is like using microsoft word from 1998. There is no ability to zoom in or make text bigger. The interface to printing or even publishing a pdf is clunky and doesn't create simple documents. As a hardware electrical engineer we also like block diagrams and tables - the table and picture import functions are relatively poor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This tool is forcing our designers to talk about requirements and justify certain design specs that may have been overlooked. It's also great for multiple design iterations or tracking high-level requirements from the top to the bottom.

IBM DOORS review by Administrator in Financial Services
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Use DOORS with agile methodology is not productive

What do you like best?

I consider quick search the strongest point in DOORS.

Traceability could be a powerful feature whether it is used taking care about complexity (several artifacts related to each other may cause unnecessary complexity).

What do you dislike?

As much as you populate DOORS with artifacts, after a period of time, could be difficult you find what information you are looking for. Depending how the Project Areas are organized in your Company, navegability can be tiring. For example:

- When you want to link an artifact to another, a window is opened and you have to navigate through entire structure of folders to find the artifact you are looking for.

- Many colleagues of mine comment about there is no baseline per artifact, just on full Project Area. Most part of time, you wish to get a snapshot of only one artifact.

- Few options to customize the export format (.pdf or .doc).

- When you have to export, if the artifact contains inserted artifacts, you have to expand all of them to assure the document exported will contain every information you need. In some cases, when you have more than two levels of traceability, it is not possible to export the third level, because DOORS only expand until the second level. So, you cannot to export in these cases.

- When you link an artifact to another, DOORS does not check if that relation already exists. So, in the tab on the right, you can observe several duplicated links.

- In the folder structure, would be possible you order by drag and drop. Today we have an alphabetic order.

- In an agile environment, I think DOORS is loosing visibility because it is a tool with a lot of features that can generate a complexity. Normally, in an agile context

Recommendations to others considering the product

In my opinion, in the moment a Company decide to adopt DOORS, it should make an exhaustive PoC conduced by an experient professional that already had implemented this solution in other Organizations, like an user, not like a vendor. It allows to validate specific situations that happen in day by day.

Commonly, PoCs to sell software products simulate best scenarios that does not happen in real world.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In the Company where I work, we started an Agile Transformation in 2014. We purchased the IBM suite tool to implement RTC, RDNG and RQM. We had thought until last year that IBM CLM could help the teams get their day by day faster. Although we have identified a negative reposition of this suite compared with others (such as Atlassian, CA...) mainly related to usability and complexity of use.

It is motivating a non use by our staff, whose have chosen alternative solutions (even phisycal kanban, for example).

Finally, today we are not perceiving a real benefit with DOORS, just the use by internal policy, not because promotes more productivity.

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