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How To Make a Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM)

Brenna Koeneke
Publication date:
September 14, 2022
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How To Make a Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM)

Requirements are the tasks that must be done in order to deliver a final project, and a requirements traceability matrix is a way for the product team to keep track of these requirements and make sure they're fulfilled. It is the document used to track the requirements as it moves through product development, and it lists the requirements, tests, test results and any issues that may have come up over the course of testing. Having the visibility of requirements traceability into requirements minimizes negative outcomes and maximizes productivity, improving team efficiency, easier compliance with regulations and higher-quality products. A requirements traceability matrix (RTM) is a document that maps user requirements with test cases. It is used in software testing and product development to ensure all requirements are accounted for and checked with test cases at the end of the software development life cycle.

To create an RTM, it is important to define goals, collect artifacts, and get the most current requirements documents. The requirements traceability matrix (RTM) is a living document that needs to be updated as requirements change and test cases are added or dropped. It should have a unique ID number that doesn't change, and test cases should be defined and given a status. The requirements ID number should stay the same even if the requirement is reordered or reused.


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Brenna Koeneke
How To Make a Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM)
September 14, 2022
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