[p4] Requirement Management tools that work well with Perforce
lee at marzke.net
Fri Aug 27 15:45:33 PDT 2010
On 08/26/2010 09:42 PM, Steve M. Robbins wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 10:05:36PM -0400, Lee Marzke wrote:
>> If you think about it, the Requirements should be stored in a text
>> format ( e.g. HTML / XML ) so that you can branch/merge them in Perforce.
> That sounds about right. How did the non-programmers (e.g. QA) cope
> with a branched text document?
You could decide to branch requirements for a variant , or for a new
neither of which should be too much of a problem for QA if the code is
in a similar manner.
Back in ~2000 we didn't branch the code, but did extensive requirements
required for safety-critical embedded avionics code.
>> If this is acceptable, you can likely put together a system with
>> some programming and open-source tools.
>> I've worked on several of these systems in the past but none of them
>> are public domain. Contact me off-list if you have more questions.
> Did you start from an existing open source tool or build from the ground
> up? I'd be interested to know which open source tool is closest to
> what you're using.
I'm not sure we fully implemented the above at the time (~2000). From
what I remember
there were multiple methods we tried at the time, 1) putting numbered
MsWord and extracting/managing them with perl/python scripts to a
file. 2) Managing all QA audits in a homegrown Access DB without ( not
requirements, but the detailed proof of every QA finding and resolution
requirements or test failures, and 3) maintaining requirements in text
along the lines suggested in "Requirements and Change", Brooksby 
If I needed to do this again today there are so many more tools
available. If you don't
have a hierarchy of requirement documents, I'm not convinced you really
need more than
an XHTML editor and template. I've used Amaya for this method. So
keeping it simple has
lots of benefits. If you need more than this, there are interesting
tools like XUSE that seem
to fit this model, but haven't tried it yet.
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Lee Marzke, lmarzke at 4aero.com http://marzke.net/lee/
IT Consultant, Global App Development, Sofware CM, VMware, VSphere,
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