Best requirement management tools for Aerospace and Defense

Requirement management tools are time saver and can avoid you serious mistakes on the conception of any Aerospace & Defense systems. If selected well, the tool will provide you a good vision of the current progress on the design, test and informed you on the current issues. It should handle the traceability on your project and automatically generate the different certification documents needed. Integrated with your test equipment and test softwares, the requirement management tool should highlight any impact of a test result at system, hardware and software level. These tools are real time saver compared to the traditional utilization of excel and word to manage your requirements. With a deep linking between the different requirements (system, hardware, software) and the associated tests, you considerably reduce your risks of human mistake on complex multi-requirements projects. Furthermore, current softwares have significantly improve their user experience and uploading requirements from excel or word documents is a common feature.

Requirements management tools that best support the DO254 and DO178

In this article we are going to focus on the innovation that these softwares provide to the Aerospace & Defense industry highlighting their capabilities to assist with the DO178 and DO254. The FAA has published an handbook summarizing the best practice in the design of avionic systems. We believe that it is an interesting ressource to have in addition of the following list of the best requirement management tools for the Aerospace and Defense industry.

1- Visure

Visure requirement management tool is for us the best software for Aerospace & Defense projects. The software integrates dedicated templates for DO254, DO178 standards (also ISO26262, IEC62304, IEC61508, CENELEC50128, FMEA, SPICE, CMMI) which will guide the user with ease toward the certification. The tool is fully integrated with MS excel / Word for uploading the requirements at any time in the design phase and to automatically generate the traceability reports needed. We appreciated as well in our rating the integration with all major tools such as: DOORS, Jama, Siemens Polarion, PTC, Perforce, JIRA, Enterprise Architect, HP ALM, Microfocus ALM, PTC, TFS, Word, Excel, Test RT, RTRT, VectorCAST, LDRA. Features integrates as well full traceability, risk management, bug tracking, requirement quality checker and support for Agile, V model and Waterfall development processes. Overall, we have a great features and a really competitive licence cost which makes it, for us, the best solution currently available on the market for Aerospace & Defense projects.

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2- Jama Software

Jama Software shines with its intuitive interface and the strong collaboration ability that the engineering teams have while using the tool. The software provides as well live traceability feature and provide evidences to comply to the different Aerospace and Defense standards DO-178C, ARP-4754, DO-254 and DO-170. Jama Software is widely used by major Defense companies such as Boeing, BAE Systems, Thales,…

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3- IBM Doors

IBM Door is the market leader on requirement management segment with customers in all type of industries including the Aerospace and Defense. The tool is then widely used for Aerospace and Defense standard such as DO178 and DO254. The tool is very powerful and provide traceability, custom dashboard, extension API, … As a leading market player, your great software comes at a cost which is significantly higher than its competitors.

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4- Seimens Polarion requirements

Siemens developed a pretty collaborative tool that is 100% web based supporting offline work. The import or export of traceability documents is pretty intuitive using the wizard module. The tool provide the traditional features such as versioning, dashboards, an open API, workflow traceability management. The tool bring the most of its value when used in the Siemens ecosystem and specially with their PLM. As a requirement management tool it is a powerful platform but we are missing a better integration for Aerospace and Defense standards.

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5- ReQtest

This tool has a pretty intuitive interface. It provide a full requirements traceability and is perfectly compatible with Agile development process. It does provide as well bug tracking capabilities and an easy integration depending on your platform. We regret that the tool doesn’t provide more specific function for the Aerospace and Defense industry such as support for the DO178 and DO254. Furthermore, ReQtest haven’t been adopted by Aerospace and Defense customers as you can see from the list of companies displayed on their website. Nerveless, it remains a pretty competitive tool with powerful capabilities.

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This article is part of our innovation section. We believe that it is important to share technologies that can greatly benefit the development of the industry. Feel free to get in touch if you have any comments or if you want to propose a new innovation topic.

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