DAM4KMU - Digital Assistant for Requirements Management for Agile Product Development in Small and Medium-sized Companies

A systematic requirements management (RM) enables an efficient and low-error development of complex systems. However, the RM and its methods are often underestimated in their importance and thus requirements are documented imprecisely or not at all, affected stakeholders are not involved or relevant phases of the product life cycle are neglected. These product developments often miss the actual customer benefits and thus lead to the complete failure of the development project in the worst case. Current RM software solutions often have weaknesses in the functionality and equipment. They do, for example, not provide active support in RM tasks, are difficult for users to operate and are poor handled concerning requirements management. Furthermore, the acceptance of this software solutions is low amongst non-RM experts and the licence fees are particularly high.

This makes clear that current software solutions do not meet the increasing requirements of small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), resulting through the increasing product complexity. They need solutions that actively support the users in overcoming RM tasks, that can be intuitively and easy used and are better integrated into existing processes. Only this way, SMEs can manage reasonably their requirements and in the appropriate quality, in spite of lacking human and financial resources.

This is where the project DAM4KMU starts. The aim is to develop methods and concepts, in order to make the requirements management by means of a web-based, digital assistant system also for SMEs more efficient and process-integrated. On the one hand, a semantic connection of requirements amongst others as well as with relevant contexts that are (partly) automated captured, enables a holistic view of the requirements onto every development status. On this basis, real-time analyses can be implemented concerning the quality, redundancy, dependence and effect on to the entire requirements network. On the other hand, the user shall be methodically and context-intensively supported in the fulfilment of RM tasks. All affected stakeholders can thus be actively integrated into the requirements management process, by which the quality of the products will sustainably improve.


M. Sc. Jana Deckers (geb. Dücker)




Jana Deckers studierte am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen von 2009 bis 2015. Anschließend an ihr Studium fing Frau Deckers als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Informationsmanagement im Ingenieurwesen (IMI) am KIT an und führt ihre Forschungsarbeit seit 2016 am FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik in der Abteilung Process- and Data Management in Engineering fort. Seit Anfang 2017 leitet sie diese Abteilung.

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