As part of our research for the Integrated Quality Suites Magic Quadrant we have been looking at how people spend time in testing, the types of development processes and team structures used and I thought I would share one slice of that here. We ask what types of tools are being used for capturing various types of requirements.
As can be seen, the survey participants generally rely on generic tools more than application specific requirements tools. While there has been solid growth in the variety of tools and vendors in the market adoption still lags behind other tool categories in the SDLC. This while we still see in Capers Jones’ latest software quality report that Requirements are the largest source of Delivered Defects in an average organization with a rate of 0.23 per function point. The real question is what holds us back? Cost of tools? Usability of tools? We think somehow we are doing better? Maybe it is time for a change.