The Berlin-based firm microTOOL GmbH has released the newest version of objectiF RM, a tool for professional requirements engineering in the area of software and system development. With objectiF RM Version 5.0 businesses get the opportunity to expand existing data models in requirements engineering with custom artifacts and relationships. Additionally, objectiF RM 5.0 supports data exchange with Atlassian JIRA so that users can now import and export JIRA issues to objectiF RM. Reviews can now be created for requirements, use cases, documents, element groups and artifacts.
objectiF RM assists businesses with the development of software and systems in that the entire process from recording, specification, management and documentation of requirements is supported. The software offers UML and SysML diagrams, helps with stakeholder identification and communication, goal definition, system delimitation and determining the system architecture. Individually configurable evaluations offer an overview of all requirements, their states and the necessary traceability. At the press of a button a system requirements specification or a specifications sheet can be generated. microTOOL promises that this comprehensive support with requirements engineering will allow a reduction of reworking, acceleration of market introduction and an increase in productivity.
objectiF RM 5.0 offers numerous new features and improvements – users can now configure a condition for state transitions where the state for a state transition is entered. So, for example, a requirement can only change to the state “realized” when all partial requirements are in either the state “realized” or “accepted”. It can now be specified that a review can only be set into the state “approved” by allocated reviewers or that only employees who are allocated a requirement are allowed to trigger certain state changes. And if users export requirement references or use case references, then the requirement or use case will now be exported including all relationships. It is also now possible to exchange data between Atlassian JIRA and objectiF RM. This way development teams can import JIRA issues to objectif RM and then export them again. The connection between Atlassian JIRA and objectiF RM is created in objectiF RM per project with a configuration.
A particular highlight of objectiF RM Version 5.0 is the expansion of the data model. Businesses now have the opportunity to expand data models with their own artifacts and relationships. This way it can be defined what a new model element should be called, which properties it should have, as well as which relationships to existing model elements can be generated. Users can, in the usual way, create, edit and version elements of this model type and generate in documents and display in queries. For this, microTOOL has provide a new form designer with which users can create custom forms for existing model elements (requirements, stakeholders, goals, etc) and for artifacts. That way, for example, dialogs with varying entry fields can be created and used context-specifically. The content of a formula is freely configurable. That way control elements for texts, references, date fields, state machines, etc can be created, aligned with each other and connected to properties. Every control element also has a direct allocation to a label and all texts can be create bilingually (German and English). Furthermore, one or more forms can be created for both existing model element types as well as for artifact relationships.
The new version is now available in German and English. A change log with all the changes in objectiF RM Version 5.0 is provided at https://www.microtool.de/en/support/