Enabling SMART Systems Engineering

Convert MS Word into a professional Requirements Engineering tool with SES ENGINEERING Studio plug-in for MS Word

The SES ENGINEERING Studio (SES) is a software framework that enables and digitalizes the realization of all types of systems based on reuse and therefore uses a knowledge-centric approach. SES enables an organization to digitalize the complete life cycle of the systems it is developing, purchasing, operating, maintaining, or even retiring, by integrating the already applied tools (Capella, Microsoft Office, PTC Integrity, Siemens Teamcenter, IBM Rational DOORS, DS-Catia No Magic MagicDraw, etc.). Once the tool ecosystem of an organization has been integrated, SES provides all the different information silos and tools with a powerful life cycle management environment enabling technical management processes (Quality, Configuration Management, Decision Support, etc.) as well as Verification, Validation, and traceability.

MS Word and requirements authoring

Even if many relevant organizations and institutions demonize Microsoft Word as a requirements management and development environment, reality states that MS Word is one of the most used tools in the market for writing requirements. The reason is: it is a superior text-authoring tool.

The REUSE Company wants to reuse MS Word, converting it in a really professional Requirements Management System (RMS). How? Adding to the native authoring capability of the software all necessary features: Attributes Management, Security, Configuration Management, Change Management, Traceability Management, Quality Management, Verification and Validation, Views and reports etc.

By including the SES ENGINEERING Studio plug-in, MS Word becomes a professional Requirements Engineering System.

MS Word and quality of requirements

For quality management, the SES Plug-in inside Microsoft Word allows you to define, measure, improve and manage the quality of your requirements specifications within the systems engineering process. SES Plug-in for Word uses a wide set of metrics to assess the quality of a requirements specification normally written in MS Word: Correctness, Consistency and Completeness (CCC). While individual metrics are suitable to assess the correctness of a single requirement, global metrics can assess the consistency and correctness of a requirements’ set specification. The global metrics covered by the SES Plug-in for Word are coupling, inconsistency and missing requirements, and can be applied to any kind of requirement types, like for example, functional requirements.

Word and traceability of requirements

In the same way, the SES Plug-in allows full traceability of requirements in MS Word with the entire set of tools connected to the suite. It allows MS WORD users support for Product Line Engineering (PLE), VerificationValidationDecision Management, Configuration Management, Reuse, and, finally, the integration of requirements engineering in a completely configurable life cycle.

The SES Plug-in is fully integrated with MS Word (versions 365) and uses Word Documents to store the requirements information, therefore, it can be used for those organizations that are not currently using any requirements management or development tool to support the requirement engineering process, or in those cases where there is no connector available to your RM tools.

Check out our series of webinars: Boosting MS Word with Requirements Management Capabilities