Geeks With Blogs

News Ashraful Alam Joy

Create Your Badge

Ashraful Alam is a Software Architect, who has 8 years of professional experience in Software Development industry. This Bangladeshi national is involved with project management and development of several US based software projects from his country. Already he has managed and developed several software projects, which are being used by several users of different countries, such as USA, Canada, Australia, and Bangladesh. While developing and managing a team, he contains and maintains a set of well defined engineering practices developed by him and other online developer communities.

Due to his willingness to give effort to improve and share better software development practices, Ashraf has been awarded as “Most Valuable Professional” (MVP) in ASP.NET category by Microsoft since year 2007 multiple times, which is a rare honor and prestigious reorganization among the developers around the world.

Check his portfolio to know more about him and his works.

.NETTER Characters... Every part of your life is best, if you can know yourself and thus create your life like an artist!

While working with outsourcing clients, a common problem appears, is the functional specification. Clients generally don't want to spend much time creating specs, try to write ASAP, which results an unfinished spec.
While developing developers suffers a lot. First, it often gets confusing, the developer can't understand exactly what the spec is saying. Second, during the development (and also after seeing some demo), client discovers new features, which results much re-engineering on the code, as this is too late for adding new requirements.
'Traceability Matrix' might really a good solution in this case. What is 'Traceability Matrix'? In short, this is the simple list of features, something like the product feature list in the web sites (well off course TM has some more features). This is easy for clients as it requires less time for them to mention. Since clients are too busy to have time on spec, we can start work on specs, as we get the list of features. A smart system analyst can forward and elaborate the requirements in useful way using 'Traceability Matrix'.

• This is the simplest requirement document. So keep it as simple as possible.
• Include features in bullets, if necessary group the bullets, according to modular requirements. 
Common Functions: Consider special terms, to specify commonly used requirements among several cases. For instance, such special term can be “CRUD”, which says Create, Read, Update and Delete operation in any entity. While writing requirement documents, you can use this commonly used features in multiple cases. Like: User CRUD, Product CRUD, Books CRUD etc.
Common Scenarios: You can also consider special terms for commonly used application scenario. For instance, a special term can be “Create Secured Record”, which tells, 1. Click “Add item” button, 2. The user will be redirected to “Add item” page, 3. User inserts data, 4. User submits data, 5. User provides “security text/code”. 6. User gets back to the caller page.
Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2006 1:14 PM Project Management , Software Development | Back to top

Comments on this post: The Magic of Traceability Matrix

No comments posted yet.
Your comment:
 (will show your gravatar)

Copyright © Ashraf Alam | Powered by: