Selecting a Requirements Management tool can be tricky. In addition to assessing whether a system's fundamental Requirements Management model is the right fit for your product development process, infrastructure, reliability, ease of use, configurability, and integration with the rest of your design workflow are each critical considerations in their own right.
Cognition Cockpit is designed to help you balance all of these critical elements within a single unified architecture that keeps your product development process focused, efficient, and on-track to deliver the right product.
Unified Requirements Management Data Model
Cockpit meets and exceeds the baseline INCOSE requirements management standard.
Requirement Flowdown & BOM Integration
Flowing down top level requirements into lower level subsystems/component requirements is completely supported. Trace matrices are automatically generated and change notices are propagated through the requirement hierarchy.
Whatever you need to model in the Cockpit, you can create a “breakdown” for it. Use-cases, System BOMs, Concept evolution...Cockpit can break it down, and even export it to MS Visio.
Requirement-to-Test allocation is supported. Many to many relationships can be captured at the click of a button, and your entire test workflow can be managed from within Cockpit.
Versions (Baselines) are supported at all levels: item, document, folder and project. Customized baseline approval workflows can be implemented using a flexible workflow builder.
Access rights allow project administrators to set privileges for team groups and members. Rights can be granted broadly or on a data type by type basis.
End-to-End Workflow Integration
In a Web 2.0 world, requirements should not be isolated from their driving consumer stimulus, related meetings, action items, test methods & tests, FMEAs, mitigation plans, critical parameters, and management reports which they influence. Cockpit unifies your entire development workflow in the cloud.
Cockpit allows you to import requirements from multiple external sources such as Excel, Word, XML, ReqPro, DOORs, etc.
Requirements Management is directly connected to Verification and Validation functionality. V&V Plans, can be created quickly because templates allow requirements written earlier (in the PRD) to be automatically included.
Ease of Use
Familiar interface - Cockpit is a Web 2.0 solution that runs in the browser.
Dynamic Digital Documents - Cockpit data can be rendered as documents that are created on-demand from the central knowledge database and support creation, review, and approval workflows. Cockpit documents are fully customizable at any level of user access which your company deems appropriate, and they support rich document formatting and export to traditional document, HTML, or printer formats.
Traceability is one of the Cockpit’s greatest strengths. Getting a tabular trace from system breakdown to requirements to tests or vice versa is a simple mouse click.