2011 State of Requirements Management Survey Results to be Presented During January 25 Webinar

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Development professionals share insights into the role and growing importance of requirements definition and management in application development

Requirements are fundamental to the success of software development projects, and we welcome the opportunity to serve the requirements management and visualization industry by aggregating and sharing the wisdom of so many

Results from an industry survey reveal the growing need to incorporate customer feedback, the mounting complexity of development projects, and an increase in continuous specification changes as critical issues affecting software and hardware development professionals involved in application requirements elicitation, specification, and management.

Complete results of the 2011 State of Requirements Management Survey, conducted by Ravenflow, a leading provider of requirements definition software, and Jama Software, the leader in collaborative requirements management solutions, will be presented during a complimentary webinar on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST.

To attend the webinar and receive a copy of the 2011 State of Requirements Management Survey report, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/149419168.

“Requirements are fundamental to the success of software development projects, and we welcome the opportunity to serve the requirements management and visualization industry by aggregating and sharing the wisdom of so many,” said Susan Boers, president and CEO of Ravenflow. “Some of the survey results are surprising, while others validate industry best practices. One trend revealed this year is that most teams are now blending structured and iterative approaches for better results.”

The survey examines what product development teams are really doing and the challenges they face, and the webinar will provide real-world insight into industry trends and strategies that participants use to successfully plan and develop new products.

Sample findings include:

  •     Almost 70 percent of respondents stated that customer input and feedback were essential to project success.
  •     75 percent of respondents cited unrealistic schedules or expectations as reasons for unsuccessful project outcomes.
  •     An astounding 83 percent of respondents said they still use spreadsheets or documents to manage and communicate requirements.
  •     Even though Agile has become more mainstream, the largest segment of teams aren’t using a prescriptive process – nearly 40% are using a blend of methodologies specific to their organization.

By answering these and other questions, the second edition survey results provide requirements analysts, business analysts, project managers, developers and other project stakeholders with information to transform the way they produce and manage software requirements.

“Requirements management has grown in response to the increasingly complex, iterative and collaborative needs of software development, which is reflected in the number of participants who contributed to this year’s survey – more than three times as many as our 2008 edition,” said Eric Winquist, CEO of Jama Software. “We look forward to sharing the results to help organizations innovate faster, respond to change and deliver on their commitments.”

About Ravenflow
Ravenflow is a leading provider of process visualization and requirements definition software that allows companies to gain better insight, clarity, and quality in their process improvement and application development projects. Leveraging a patented natural language engine, Ravenflow helps companies analyze and visualize their business processes, application requirements, and system engineering needs. Ravenflow received the 2010 IBM Jazz Innovator Finalist Award, the 2009 Jolt Productivity Award, 2009 IBM Rational ISV Partner of the Year Award, and was selected as a Gartner “Cool Vendor in Application Development.”

About Jama Software
Jama Software is the leader in collaborative requirements management solutions for improving enterprise collaboration and managing complex software development projects. Its web application, Jama Contour, helps organizations manage the entire requirements management lifecycle through an intuitive, easy-to-use interface that brings people, teams and ideas together to ensure software value is delivered as specified. Customers, from start-ups to the largest and most sophisticated technology and IT organizations in the world, turn to Jama to help drive innovation, improve the decision-making process and harness the collective genius of all stakeholders involved in building great software. For more information, please visit http://www.jamasoftware.com

All products mentioned in the release are trademarks or registered trademarks of Ravenflow. All other trademarks, trade names, and/or product names are used solely for the purpose of identification and are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:

Elizabeth Trimble (for Ravenflow)
Trimble Marketing & Communications
(508) 839-4469 office
(508) 523-0899 mobile
trimble(at)etrimble(dot)com

Christie Denniston (for Jama Software)
Catapult PR-IR
(303) 581-7760, ext. 13 office
(303) 827-5164 mobile
cdenniston(at)catapultpr-ir(dot)com

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