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Requirements are often managed in Word or Excel files - disconnected from product design data and the rest of the product development team. This leads to poor communication of customer requirements to engineering, inability to verify that product designs meet customer needs, and inability to trace product designs back to requirements - leading to poor decisions during change assessment and difficulty implementing product reuse strategies.

Product failures due to unmet customer needs are driving leading product manufacturers to focus on the Requirements Capture & Management process as a source of competitive advantage. They seek to manage requirements integrally with product data and to establish traceability between all levels of requirements and the design data that describes the implementation and testing of those requirements.

Our Requirements Management experts can assist you to design and implement a Requirements Management application environment which optimizes the utilization of existing PLM Application assets to create a global collaboration capability that provides secure, globally accessible, roles-based workspaces for sharing and collaborating on requirements at any point in the process. This is managed in the same PLM Application used to define the products enabling one, integral change management process for both requirements and product design. This increased visibility helps ensure that customer and market requirements have been satisfied by designs and properly verified during development. 

Key Business Value Findings

  • Top performers hit engineering rework targets on a 79% or better average. Laggards hit these same targets on a 31% or worse average.
  • Top performers deliver products and systems focused on features that deliver the highest return
  • Top performers launch products and/or commission systems that have a higher user acceptance resulting from testing and QA directly against requirements

Implications & Analysis

  • Top performers execute the end to end requirements capture process against a structured set of product and/or system specific templates which enable quick identification of missing or weak requirements statements
  • Top performers have derived an object model that ensures a comprehensive requirements thread and traceability to specifications, Models, Standards, Bills of Materials, etc.
  • Top performers have capability to automatically capture and parse requirements from Word and Excel documents to create a electronic bill of requirements data
  • Top performers are automated to assure all requirements are under change control and that all staffs are always working from the most recent bill of requirements data

Our senior analysts are equipped to assist your organization to:

  1. Establish a requirements management strategy
  2. Review and identify existing process and application infrastructures for reuse in the new environment
  3. Analyze, justify and select the core requirements management technologies required to drive to better practice/best in class
  4. Derive the global object model and design the application and process functionality required to drive to better practice/best in class
  5. Build, test, validate, train and commission the new requirement management process and application environment
  6. Establish a set of Key Performance Indicators to enable measurements of the new environment and assure your ability to continuously improve

 

 

Transforming your organization to a State of the Art Requirements Management capability requires a systemic and holistic approach that drives changes to:
  1. Policies & Procedures
  2. Jobs & Organizational Structures
  3. Management & Measurement Technique
  4. Values & Beliefs
  5. Application Infrastructures
 

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Value Proposition
 
Financial Benefits:
  • Reduced Margin Erosion from increased requirements traceability
  • Reduced Margin Erosion from increased adherence to Design and Industry Standards
  • Reduced Margin Erosion from assuring all Design staffs are working from common and current requirements 
Quality Benefits:
  • Increased Quality at Launch
    • Builds a better brand
    • Reduces Warranty Repair and Return Costs
  • Increased Plant and System Design Quality at Construction Stage for EPC's and Plant System OEM's
    • Reduces Direct and Indirect Labor Costs
    • Reduces risk of schedule slip and therefore risk of liquidated damages
Cycle Time Benefits:
  • Reduction in error rates reduces time to market
    • Reduction in time to market increases marketshare, revenue and margin
  • Reduction in error rates reduces time to construct and commission for EPC's and Plant System OEM's
    • Reduction in time to construct and commission reduce risk of liquidated damages and increase probability of awards for early delivery
    • Reduction in time to construct and commission increases bradnd name recognition