According to the PMP course, requirements must be documented, tracked and controlled, validated, and verified. Scope management plan is one type of project management plan. It has this objective because it includes how to collect requirements and balance stakeholder requirements. Requirements traceability matrix, a project document that helps to track requirements throughout the life of a project, is also used to track them to ensure they are met. The Requirements Traceability Matrix can be abbreviated to RTM.
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This article will discuss what Requirements Traceability Matrix means according to project management certification courses.
What is the Requirements Traceability Matrix (or Requirements Traceability Matrix)?
The matrix lists each requirement. Its evolution, its fulfillment, and the deliverable that fulfills it are all documented in the matrix. The matrix can also be viewed.
What is Requirements Traceability Matrix?
The Requirements Traceability matrix is typically in the form of a table that includes IDs per requirement and source of requirements, as well as who is responsible for each requirement. Corporate companies usually have a template for Requirements Trackability Matrix. Projects are tracked over RTM from the beginning of the project to its conclusion.
Below is a sample. The top three rows contain high-level information about a project. The project title, cost center, as well as the project description are shown in the top 3 rows. Let’s now look at each column in the RTM and see their objectives one by one.
You can also see the project charter for project title and description.
The cost center is a novel concept. Cost centers are used to control project costs in corporate companies. This cost center is responsible for the accounting of materials, costs, and expenses. This cost center also controls the sponsor’s budget. This cost center allows the Finance team to monitor and report inflows and outflows, and the last status of the budget.
ID and associate ID are numbers used to identify requirements in the requirements traceability map.
The requirements description area provides detailed information about the requirement. The system must be able to support 1000 concurrent users at once.
The column shows the relationship between the requirements and these aspects of the project.
The column with project objectives shows which objective will be helpful in fulfilling this requirement.
The WBS deliverables column lists the deliverables that will meet the requirement.
The columns Product Design and Product Development show how the requirements relate to the technical aspects of the project. If the 1000 concurrent users’ performance requirements are met, you can write 2 servers or 4 processers here.
The last column, test case, describes how the requirement will be tested after the deliverables have been completed. To verify that this requirement has been met, a test load tool simulates 1,000 concurrent users traffic.
Scope Management is incomplete without the Requirements Traceability Matrix. It aims to track requirements. If requirements are not documented and tracked properly, there is a risk that the project’s scope will be faulty. In addition, if the scope contains errors or deficiencies, it could lead to project failure.