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Who Should Update RTM?

Postby seema.sonkiya Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:23 am

Who should update Requirement Traceability Matrix (RTM)?
A. Project Manager
B. Business Analyst
C. Subject Matter Experts
D. Project Sponsor

What is the best answer?
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Re: Who Should Update RTM?

Postby saket Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:26 pm

PMBOK page 118

5.2.3.2 Requirements Traceability Matrix
The requirements traceability matrix is a grid that links product requirements from their origin to the deliverables that satisfy them. The implementation of a requirements traceability matrix helps ensure that each requirement adds business value by linking it to the business and project objectives. It provides a means to track requirements throughout the project life cycle, helping to ensure that requirements approved in the requirements documentation are delivered at the end of the project. Finally, it provides a structure for managing changes to the product scope.

Tracing includes, but is not limited to, tracing requirements for the following:

Business needs, opportunities, goals, and objectives;
Project objectives;
Project scope/WBS deliverables;
Product design;
Product development;
Test strategy and test scenarios; and
High-level requirements to more detailed requirements.


So looking at this its difficult to just assign one person for doing this Job, but since RTM is getting created as an output of collect requirement .... Business Analyst plays key role in it. ... Lets see what others think about it?
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Re: Who Should Update RTM?

Postby seema.sonkiya Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:44 am

Yes I do agree that assigning just one person is difficult to maintain the up to date RTM, especially when project is very large, here my objective is to see ultimate responsibility (accountability) where he/she is ultimate answerable for the tracking and monitoring of requirements and for any requirement changes with corresponding reflection in RTM.
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Re: Who Should Update RTM?

Postby akanksha.ashar5 Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:56 am

Yes I agree that Business Analyst should update the RTM and should be accountable for maintaining it consistently as and when requirement undergo changes and any new approved requirements are added to the product scope.

Ideally, in bigger projects if there is a single BA or team of BA who is responsible to documenting new requirements should ensure that RTM is also updated immediately when requirements are refined.

On the other hand, Testing team should be updating and mapping testcase references in order to ensure good test coverage as part of verification activity.
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Re: Who Should Update RTM?

Postby seema.sonkiya Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:54 am

Akanksha, in a project, multiple team structure could be possible. In a real scenario, a project manager can also play the role of Business Analyst. Roles like BA, Developer, the Tester can update the RTM. But ultimate responsibility for the integrity of RTM lies with one person and that information is available in Business Analysis Plan.

For more details on Requirement Traceability Matrix, I advise referring: http://www.izenbridge.com/blog/requirem ... e-need-it/

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