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Almost every product evolves through a series of releases or iterations that correct defects, add more features, or update previously implemented features. It’s quite possible that for a product there can be a number of versions running in parallel.
Therefore you need to determine the best ways to store and manage these requirements. And avoid confusion about which requirements were used in each version while branching. An in-depth version control system helps to achieve this.
Version control or version management allows the management of changes in requirements over time. It allows a complete retrace of all versions in each project, including the author of those versions.
Today, due to the increasing complexity of project development, most project managers, business analysts, or product owners are using requirements version management. In this article, we will discuss the importance of Requirement version management and why you need it in project development.
Version control or version management is not just a process to manage and track changes to requirements. It helps you develop and ship products faster.
To understand the importance of a version management system in project development, let’s look at these scenarios:
To avoid such scenarios and save yourself from reworking, or increasing the risk of errors, you need effective requirements version management. Version control not only makes it clear which requirements are part of the latest version. It allows you to check the historical versions.
Robust version control can benefit your development team in the following three ways:
Your team may consist of people from different departments or areas in the organization. And keeping everyone on the same page becomes a challenge. To overcome this, you need to provide global access to your team members at all stages of development.
With the right requirements version management, each team member can work on an independent version without getting confused.
Throughout the project development cycle, individuals make many changes. These changes include the creation or deletion of requirements. Version control captures the history of changes including the author, date, and written notes on the purpose of each change.
Having the complete history enables going back to previous versions to help in root cause analysis for bugs, and fix problems in older versions of the software.
And if you have compliance and regulations to meet, auditing log history becomes even more necessary.
Being able to trace each change made to the project enables you to explain the purpose and intent of each change. It becomes easier to perform root cause analysis. More importantly, it helps your team members understand what and why changes are made. It assists developers in making correct and cordial changes that are in line with the intended long-term design of the product.
Projects typically result in creating a lot of requirement documents, from project reports to deliverables. By using requirements management software with version control, or version management, you can effectively and efficiently track and control changes to these requirements directly within your project.
How do you manage multiple versions of requirements in Jira?