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Evaluate and prioritize requirements

If requirements have passed the review process, they have reached the state of being scheduled and implemented. Now you need to evaluate the requirements so that you can decide which of the requirements are to be developed first.

Evaluate requirements

You can record how important a requirement is in the dialog for requirements in the Planning tab.

Once this has been done, you can change the status of the requirement to assessed.

This state change automatically creates a revision of the requirement.

If you are working with backlog views, you can also do this here. By default, the columns Priority, Commitment, and Stability are displayed in the Domain Backlog view. (If not, you can add them using the view’s editing dialog under Definition of View/Package/Requirements).

Once this has been done, you can change the status of the requirement to assessed.

Prioritize requirements

The Priority property

You’ll find the Priority property in the editing dialog of a requirement in the Planning tab. There you can set the required value using the dropdown menu. If you need to adjust or supplement these values, you can modify the Requirement stereotype. 

Prioritizing requirements in backlog views

If there are correspondingly many high-priority requirements in the backlog, a decision must be made as to which of them should be implemented first or postponed. You can do this by way of ranking. In the backlog view, show the column headers by clicking the Show headers button in the middle. By default, each requirement has a rank of 0. Double-click the value and enter a number between 0 and 100. The highest possible rank is 100.

You can also define by dragging and dropping a selected element onto a dividing line between two table rows. The element will be given a rank between the higher and lower rank. When possible, intervals of 5 are automatically used.

By clicking on the column heading Rank, you can sort the content in ascending or descending order.

  1. Go to a backlog view, e.g. Domain Backlog, and sort all requirements according to their status. To do this, click on the Status column. Alternatively, you can group the states by clicking the Show grouping button.
  1. Drag the State column to the area above the column names. For orientation, you’ll see: Drag a column here to group by…. 
    The states are listed below each other. Behind the state name is shown how many requirements are in the respective state.
  2. Click on the assessed state to use the rank to determine the order in which the requirements are to be implemented.
You can also define the rank by dragging and dropping a requirement onto a separator between two rows. The element then gets a rank that is lower than the higher and higher than the lower of the two ranks in the rows between which you position the separator. When possible, intervals of 5 are automatically used. The highest possible rank is 100.
  1. Remove the grouping by going to Status and clicking on the x.
  1. If you now click on the Rank column, all requirements will be sorted by rank, ascending or descending.