At the Rational User Conference last June, we did our first demonstration of Rational Quality Manager integrating with Rational DOORS (formerly Telelogic DOORS). With this integrations, users of Rational DOORS who manage their software and system requirements in DOORS can link these to a test plan and test cases in Rational Quality Manager. This link enables requirements based quality, where requirements drive the test plan.
This link is bi-directional. Initially, Requirements are exported from DOORS to Rational Quality Manager. In Rational Quality Manager, these requirements can then be associated to test cases and test plans. When the test cases are run and produce a test execution result, the results are automatically sent back to Rational DOORS, where the latest execution verdict is displayed as a requirements property.
When requirements are updated in DOORS, the user can send these updates to Rational Quality Manager where the requirement will be flagged as updated in the GUI. This signals the tester that they may potentially have to re-examine the requirements, or re-run the test as a result of the requirement change.
Requirements management from DOORS is only one of the requirements management options for Rational Quality Manager. Besides using requirements from DOORS, Rational Quality Manager can link to requirements in Rational RequisitePro as well as use its own native requirements management functionality.