With the Requirement diagram, you can easily capture, organize, and communicate the requirements for your software project, and ensure that your team is working towards a common goal. It can be used in many areas including software engineering, system design, business analysis, and more.
The editor for the Requirement Diagram contains two tabs, the Table tab, and the Diagram tab. The Table tab offers a tabular, hierarchical view of requirements and sub-requirements, while the Diagram tab provides visual representation of the requirements as boxes with the relationships between them.
The Table tab offers a toolbar with the following features:
- Insert Requirement Below: Allows you to insert a new requirement below the currently selected requirement in the grid
- Insert Requirement Above: Allows you to insert a new requirement above the currently selected requirement in the grid
- Insert Sub Requirement: Allows you to insert a new sub-requirement to the currently selected requirement in the grid
- Indent Level: Allows you to increase the indentation level of the selected requirement in the grid
- Outdent Level: Allows you to decrease the indentation level of the selected requirement in the grid
- Number: Allows you to number the requirements in the grid
- Add Link: Allows you to add a link to a project element, such as a folder, diagram, or element, to the description of the selected requirement in the grid
- Remove: Allows you to remove the selected requirement from the grid
- Export: Allows you to export the grid to a CSV file
- Print: Allows you to print the grid
The grid also includes several columns, including ID, Name, Priority, and Description. The sub-requirements can be collapsed and expanded using the minus and plus button in the ID column of the grid.
The Diagram tab offers a diagram editor and a toolbox with the tools/buttons: Requirement, Model, Test Case, Composition, and Realization. These tools allow you to create requirements, models, test cases, compositions, and realization in the diagram and connect them with respective relationships.
This feature is especially useful for capturing and organizing the requirements for a software project, as well as for communicating those requirements to other members of the development team. It allows developers to see the big picture of the project and identify any potential issues or gaps in the requirements. It can be also helpful during the early stage of requirement capture when you want to quickly capture a set of entities, actors, use cases, or scenarios and their relations.
Efficiency is key when it comes to creating and organizing requirements, and that's why Software Ideas Modeler offers a range of shortcut keys to make your workflow smoother and faster. These keyboard shortcuts allow you to quickly and easily create new requirements, and adjust their nesting levels with just a few keystrokes.
Here's a rundown of the most useful shortcut keys for the requirement diagram editor:
- CTRL + ENTER: Creates a new requirement below the one you're currently editing.
- CTRL + PLUS: Opens the new requirement menu, which allows you to insert a new requirement above, below, or as a sub-requirement of the currently selected requirement.
- TAB: Indents the selected requirement, moving it to a deeper level as a sub-requirement of the requirement above.
- SHIFT + TAB: Outdents the selected requirement, moving it to a higher level and changing its parent requirement. If the selected requirement parent has no parent, it will be moved to the top level of the requirements hierarchy.
Tips and Tricks
- Organize requirements into categories
- Start with high-level requirements
- Use clear and concise language
- Add requirements in priority order
- Use the requirement editor's shortcuts
- Collaborate with others
Read more about requirement definition here.