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Requirements Traceability Matrix

Requirements Traceability Matrix
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Posted by: Jennifer Colburn on Thursday, October 20, 2011

At a recent presentation I gave to Project Manager's regarding BA's, they were very interested in seeing a Requirements Traceability Matrix, so I have attached the instructions for creating one, as well as for the corresponding Tech Spec Traceability Matrix, typically completed by developers.

I hope this is helpful!

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Systems Analyst posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009 5:44 AM
wow it sounds good
thanks for your help
Doree posted on Friday, October 2, 2009 10:48 AM
Thank you. New to the BA world and in need to learn everything!
Leslie posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 8:01 PM
If it has to be MSOffice, I would use Excel .. it provides flexibility to show the traceability matrix from different POV.

Jennifer Colburn posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10:58 AM
Great feedback Les! This document is meant to be instructions on creating a matrix, and at the bottom it indicates to "create a spreadsheet with the following columns and rows." I apologize for not indicating Excel, as it is the most common spreadsheet application. Now I just need to figure out how to update something once it is posted. :)
Leslie posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:32 PM
What would be nice is an article showing how we may use Excel to view traceability matrices from different POVs:

- Business -> System
- Business -> Test
- System -> Test

and vice versa .. all from the same table.

I'd get on it, but I'm busy applying for jobs.

shadi posted on Monday, November 23, 2009 4:53 AM
thank you
Carol posted on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 2:18 PM
Your form is similar to mine, but better. Could you add a sample row?
littlepoope posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 8:57 PM
thanks for your help!! ^^
Rishi posted on Monday, April 18, 2011 1:28 AM
This is indeed helpful!!
sumit.soni posted on Monday, June 17, 2013 1:59 AM
Thanks for sharing this.. it is indeed helpful..
CVM posted on Friday, August 23, 2013 11:47 AM
Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) is basically to keep track of those valuable elements, which are deemed important to implement that particular project and any subsequent phases (defects, enhancements, etc)

From the business perspective, it ensures business need is satisfied via business processes, use cases, business rules, design, test elements. From implementation perspective, the team can fully see the impact any of the element has across the chain. I have used elements like business processes that are triggering the system use cases, business rules too as part of my RTM. In short, feel free to add element your team thinks is valuable to trace.

Thanks & Regards,

Cindy posted on Sunday, August 30, 2015 6:34 PM
Where I am employed as a Junior BA we use Excel to complete requirements matrix. Do you happen to have a sample of one in Excel format for any type of system?
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