Today SD Times published the following article on how the nature of software development is making automated, connected requirements management tools virtually a must. The complexity of software products, changes to those products, quick development schedules and the need to trace ideas to features are all factors in this growing trend among agile software practitioners.

Many requirements-management tools are integrated with bug-tracking tools, agile project management tools and testing tools. Additionally, some agile software tool providers are including visual prototyping—either as a standalone tool or integration to an outside tool—to these requirements-management tools.

VersionOne CEO and President Robert Holler said the biggest change in gathering requirements is that it is no longer a separate process.

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