List of Requirements Management Tools

by Andreas Birk and Gerald Heller

Looking for a tool that can support your requirements practices? The following lists might help you finding one.

For this November 2016 release of our RM tools list, we have again researched current tool versions, updated the list, and added new tools. We have tried our best to make it as useful, comprehensive, and up-to-date as possible. You find 101 tools, categorized into important RM-related categories (e.g., requirements definition, requirements management, agile), supplied with latest version info where available, and provided with web links to tools and vendors pages.

Due to the large number of tools, we have also compiled a list of 25 selected tools we regard noteworthy based on indications of market share or market presence. Below, you first find this list of selected tools. It is followed by the complete list of tools.

What is an RM tool? This simple question is not too easy to answer. For discussions of important characteristics of RM tools you might want to look up these blog posts: RM Tools – what are they anyway? and What Software Tools Support Requirements Management? Readers interested in other tools lists can consult a related blog post that summarizes the results of our research on additional requirements tools lists. It addresses specifically RM tools, UI mockup / wireframing tools, ideation tools, modeling tools, and agile tools.

The list of RM tools contains additions proposed by readers. So, if you have comments or like to suggest additional tools, we will be glad to hear from you (send feedback). Many thanks to those readers who have pointed us to changes and updates on the listed tools.

For selection criteria, a legend of the annotations, change history, and additional information, please refer to the notes on the bottom of this page.

Our List of Selected RM Tools

(in alphabetical order)

Agile Manager (2.55) by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Scope: RM, Agile

Blueprint (v6.4) by Blueprint Software Systems, Inc.
Scope: RD, RM, UI Mockup, Visual Modeling

CA Agile Central (previously: Rally) (2016.1) by CA Technologies (previously: Rally Software Development Corp.)
Scope: RM, Agile

Caliber (11.4.17) by Micro Focus
Scope: RM, Visual Modeling

codeBeamer Requirements Management (8.0.1) by Intland Software GmbH
Scope: RM

Cognition Cockpit (7.4) by Cognition Corporation
Scope: RM, Product Management, Testing, Project Management

Enterprise Architect (13) by Sparx Systems
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

HPE ALM/Quality Center (12.53) by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Scope: RM, Testing, Project Management, Issue Management

IBM Rational DOORS (9.6.1.6) by IBM
Scope: RM

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation (6.0.3) by IBM
Scope: RM

in-STEP BLUE (5.1.3) by microTool GmbH
Scope: Project Management, RM, Testing

Innovator for Business Analysts (13.1) by MID GmbH
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

inteGREAT (v8.7.13) by eDev Technologies
Scope: RM, RD, Visual Modeling

Integrity Lifecycle Manger (was PTC Integrity) (10.9) by PTC Integrity
Scope: RM, Testing

Jama (8.8) by Jama Software
Scope: RM, Testing

JIRA Software (7.2.4) by Atlassian
Scope: Issue Management, Agile, Project Management, RM

Kovair ALM Studio (8.5) by Kovair Software, Inc.
Scope: RM, Testing

Mingle (16.2) by Thoughtworks
Scope: RM, Agile, Project Management

objectiF RPM (was in-STEP RED) (3.2) by microTool GmbH
Scope: Project Management, RM, agile

Polarion Requirements (2016 SR2 (Build 3.10)) by Siemens
Scope: RM

Serena Dimensions RM (12.3) by Serena Software
Scope: RM

TestTrack RM (2016.0.2) by Seapine Software, Inc.
Scope: RM

TopTeam Analyst (7.3) by TechnoSolutions
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

VersionOne (16.3.2.207) by VersionOne
Scope: RM, Agile

Visure Requirements (4.8) by Visure
Scope: RD, RM

Complete List of RM Tools

(in alphabetical order)

Acclaro DFSS (v5.3) by Axiomatic Design Solutions, Inc.
Scope: RM

Accompa (continuous updates) by Accompa, Inc.
Scope: RM

acunote (continuous updates) by Pluron Inc.
Scope: Agile

Agile Manager (2.55) by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Scope: RM, Agile

Agilo (continuous updates) by agile42
Scope: Agile

agosense.requirements (continuous updates) by agosense GmbH
Scope: RM

Aha! (continuous updates) by Aha! Labs
Scope: RM, Product Management

Aligned Elements (V2.3 SP4) by Aligned AG
Scope: RM

Atlas (4.0) by Micro Focus
Scope: Agile

axosoft (was OnTime) (16.5) by Axosoft
Scope: RM, agile

Axure RP (8.0.0.3311) by Axure
Scope: UI Mockup

Balsamiq Mockups (3.5.5) by Balsamiq
Scope: RD, UI Mockup

Blueprint (v6.4) by Blueprint Software Systems, Inc.
Scope: RD, RM, UI Mockup, Visual Modeling

Business Optix (5.0) by Business Optix
Scope: Visual Modeling

CA Agile Central (previously: Rally) (2016.1) by CA Technologies (previously: Rally Software Development Corp.)
Scope: RM, Agile

Caliber (11.4.17) by Micro Focus
Scope: RM, Visual Modeling

Cameo Requirements+ (18.4 FR) by No Magic Inc.
Scope: RM

CASE Spec (version info not available) by Goda Software
Scope: RM

CaseComplete (2016 – 11.0) by Serlio Software
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM, UI Mockup

codeBeamer Requirements Management (8.0.1) by Intland Software GmbH
Scope: RM

Cognition Cockpit (7.4) by Cognition Corporation
Scope: RM, Product Management, Testing, Project Management

CORE (9) by Vitech Corporation
Scope: RM

Cradle (7.1.1) by 3SL, Inc.
Scope: RM, Project Management, Visual Modeling

DevSpec (10.0) by TechExcel
Scope: RM

ENOVIA Requirements Manager (R2016X) by Dassault Systèmes
Scope: RM

Enterprise Architect (13) by Sparx Systems
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

Envision VIP (version info not available) by Future Tech Systems, Inc.
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

Focal Point (version info not available) by UNICOM Global
Scope: Visual Modeling, Product Management

HPE ALM/Quality Center (12.53) by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Scope: RM, Testing, Project Management, Issue Management

IBM Notes (9.0.1.5) by IBM
Scope: RM, Issue Management

IBM Rational DOORS (9.6.1.6) by IBM
Scope: RM

IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation (6.0.3) by IBM
Scope: RM

IdeaShare (version info not available) by OpenCrowd
Scope: RD

in-STEP BLUE (5.1.3) by microTool GmbH
Scope: Project Management, RM, Testing

innoslate (3.7) by SPEC Innovations
Scope: RM

Innovator for Business Analysts (13.1) by MID GmbH
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

inteGREAT (v8.7.13) by eDev Technologies
Scope: RM, RD, Visual Modeling

Integrity Lifecycle Manger (was PTC Integrity) (10.9) by PTC Integrity
Scope: RM, Testing

iRise (11.1) by iRise
Scope: RM, UI Mockup, agile

Jama (8.8) by Jama Software
Scope: RM, Testing

JIRA Software (7.2.4) by Atlassian
Scope: Issue Management, Agile, Project Management, RM

jUCMNav (7.0.0) by University of Ottawa
Scope: RM

Justinmind Prototyper (7.5.0) by Justinmind
Scope: UI Mockup

Kanban Flow (version info not available) by CodeKick AB
Scope: Agile

Kanban Tool (3) by Shore Labs
Scope: Agile

Kovair ALM Studio (8.5) by Kovair Software, Inc.
Scope: RM, Testing

LeanKit (continuous updates) by LeanKit Inc.
Scope: Agile

Leap SE Web (version info not available) by Leap Systems
Scope: RM

LiteRM (2.0) by ClearSpecs Enterprises
Scope: RM

MagicDraw (18.4 FR) by No Magic Inc.
Scope: Visual Modeling

Mingle (16.2) by Thoughtworks
Scope: RM, Agile, Project Management

MockupScreens (4.95) by MockupScreens
Scope: UI Mockup

Modelio Analyst (3.6) by Modeliosoft
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

MooD Platform (15) by MooD Enterprises Ltd
Scope: Business Modeling

objectiF RM (4.0) by microTool GmbH
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

objectiF RPM (was in-STEP RED) (3.2) by microTool GmbH
Scope: Project Management, RM, agile

OneDesk Product Management (version info not available) by OneDesk Inc
Scope: RD, RM, Product Management

PACE (5.0.3) by Viewset Corporation
Scope: RM

PivotalTracker (continuous updates) by PivotalLabs
Scope: Agile

Polarion Requirements (2016 SR2 (Build 3.10)) by Siemens
Scope: RM

PREEvision (8.0 SP1) by Vektor Informatik GmbH
Scope: RM

ProR (Eclipse RMF/ProR) (RMF 0.14.0) by Eclipse Foundation (Open Source)
Scope: RM

Psoda (7.03.9 continuous updates) by Psoda
Scope: RM

QPack (7.0) by Orcanos
Scope: RM

R4J – Requirements Management for JIRA (2.9.1-1) by ease solutions Pte Ltd
Scope: RM

RaQuest (4.3) by SparxSystems Japan Co., Ltd
Scope: RM

Raven (version info not available) by Ravenflow
Scope: RM

RDD-100 (version info not available) by Holagent Corporation
Scope: RM

ReMa (version info not available) by Accord Software and Systems Pvt. Ltd
Scope: RM

ReqEdit (2.11) by REQTEAM GmbH
Scope: RM

ReqPOOL Requirements Manager (version info not available) by ReqPOOL GmbH
Scope: RM

ReqSuite (1.5) by OSSENO Software GmbH
Scope: RD

ReqT (3.0.1) by Lund University
Scope: RM

ReQtest (continuous updates) by ReQtest AB
Scope: RM, agile

RequirementONE (version info not available) by RequirementOne Inc.
Scope: RM

ReqView (2.1) by eccam s.r.o.
Scope: RM

RMsis (1.8.7) by Optimizory Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Scope: RM

RMTrak (5.3.21) by Prometeo Technologies
Scope: RM

Rommana ALM (15.1) by Rommana Software
Scope: RM

ScrumWorks Pro (6.7.0) by CollabNet, Inc.
Scope: Agile

Scrumwise (continuous updates) by Scrumwise
Scope: Agile

Serena Dimensions RM (12.3) by Serena Software
Scope: RM

SOX2 RM (version info not available) by Engineers Consulting GmbH
Scope: RM

SpiraTeam (5.0.0.8) by Inflectra
Scope: RM, Project Management, Test

SwiftKanban (4.10) by Digité Inc.
Scope: Agile

Targetprocess 3 (3.10.3 – continuous updates) by Targetprocess Inc.
Scope: Agile

Teamcenter (11.2.2) by Siemens
Scope: RM

Telerik Platform (releases by individual platform service) by Telerik
Scope: UI Mockup

TestTrack RM (2016.0.2) by Seapine Software, Inc.
Scope: RM

TopTeam Analyst (7.3) by TechnoSolutions
Scope: Visual Modeling, RM

TopTeam Visual Use Case (version info not available) by TechnoSolutions
Scope: Visual Modeling

TraceCloud (version info not available) by TraceCloud
Scope: RM, Agile

TREND/Analyst (9.0.4) by GEBIT Solutions GmbH
Scope: RM, Visual Modeling

Troux Architect (13) by PlanView
Scope: Visual Modeling

Tuleap Enterprise (9.0) by enalean
Scope: RM, Agile

VersionOne (16.3.2.207) by VersionOne
Scope: RM, Agile

Visual Paradigm (was Agilian) (13.2) by Visual Paradigm International
Scope: Visual Modeling, agile

Visure Requirements (4.8) by Visure
Scope: RD, RM

Workspace.com (continuous updates) by Workspace.com
Scope: RM, Test

Yodiz (continuous updates) by Yodiz
Scope: Agile

Yonix (continuous updates) by Yonix Ltd.
Scope: RM

Legend

The structure of the tool description follows the pattern: <Tool Name> (<Latest Version>) by <Supplier Company> Scope: <List of Scope Keywords>.

The list is sorted in alphabetical order by product name. Some companies prefer to use company or brand names as an integral parts of product names. We have taken this into account.

The scope keywords are:

Agile: The tool provides specific artifacts and workflow support for requirements practices in agile development.

Issue Management: The tool provides specific support for issue, request, or defect management.

Product Management: The tool provides specific features for product management, such as portfolio management and release management.

Project Management: The tool provides specific support for project management.

RD: Requirements Development, also denoted Requirements Definition; the tool provides specific functionality supporting the early stage of the requirements lifecycle.

RM: Requirements Management; the tool provides the core functionality for record-based management of requirements, and sometimes also document-based RM.

Testing: The tool provides specific support for artifacts and processes of testing, especially in combination with RM (e.g., requirements-based testing).

UI Mockup: The tool provides specific support for prototyping or developing graphical user interfaces.

Visual Modeling: The tool provides specific functionality for graphical models, such as UML, BPMN, or SysML models, or for hand-drawn sketches.

Updates of November 2016 Version of RM Tools List

This November 2016 version of our RM tools list has been updated:

  • All tools have been checked for availability and up-to-date web links to tool and vendor pages
  • One tool has been added, some tool entries have been changed (e.g., name changes, new product bundles), several obviously outdated ones have been deleted
  • All tools have been supplied with up-to-date version information (where available) and assigned to the relevant tool categories (e.g., RD, RM, Agile)

Overall, the following tools have received major updates between February 2016 to November 2016, with associated changes of their main version numbers:

  • codeBeamer Requirements Management
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Innovator for Business Analysts
  • Mingle
  • objectiF RM

Important changes occurred with regard to tool vendors: Siemens completed the acquisition of Polarion. It is now a product of the Siemens corporation. In May Micro Focus completed the acquisition of Serena which added some requirements management and agile tools to the Micro Focus portfolio. In September HPE and Micro Focus announced their intention to spin-merge HPE Software.

Concerning the set of tools included in the list, we have performed the following changes during our November 2016 update:

Added:

  • Atlas from Micro Focus
  • Workspace.com from Workspace.com

Renamed / Rebranded:

  • in-STEP RED now objectiF RPM
  • ontime now axosoft
  • Agilian now Visual Paradigm

Removed:

We have again removed several tools that have been discontinued, or whose product or vendor websites have not received any substantial updates for more than two years.

  • AgileZen – no longer available for purchase
  • Avenqo PEP – inactive
  • Axiom – inactive
  • ArcWay Cockpit – inactive
  • Enfocus Requirements Suite – no product information on website
  • GatherSpace – inactive
  • Objectiver – inactive
  • QFDcapture – inactive
  • TeamPulse – no longer available for purchase
  • X-Tie-RT – not available for purchase
  • YAKINDU Requirements – no product information on website

Selection Criteria for the RM Tools Lists

For selecting relevant RM tools for the initial 2013 version of our list, we started with the four most comprehensive and up to date RM tools lists that we could find: The ones of INCOSE, Volere, Ian Alexander and the Tools Journal. Later, we incrementally added tools from additional lists and web research. We were also looking for the most comprehensive lists on some other RM-related tools categories and checked them for additions: Ideation tools, UI mockup / wireframing tools, UML tools, and agile tools. Our survey of requirements tools lists provides links to all these lists.

Most of the other lists we initially used contain several outdated entries. We removed them from our list. Other tools were added. We conducted research via review of analyst reports and RM conferences, and via web search. This has led to various updates especially to our February 2014 and May 2015 versions of the RM tools list.

The focus of our list is on RM and RD tools (acronym resolution see above; also see Gerald’s blog post on RM tools). Other tool categories, such as UI mockup tools and visual modeling tools, have not (yet) been collected and assessed systematically. For a survey of relevant tool categories see Andreas’s blog post on RM-related software tools. We have tried to justify the tools selections and categorizations as good as possible, based on what we have learned during our projects and consulting activities, and during discussions with numerous colleagues in professional networks

The main motivation behind this list is to assist you in finding your way through the extensive set of more than one hundred RM tools currently on the market. So, we have also compiled a list of selected tools. It contains the ones we find most present on the market as well as tools with very promising and future-oriented functionality. Of course, such selection is subjective and can always be subject to discussions. If you have suggestions and comments, feel free to contact us (send feedback).

For our list of selected RM tools we find it important to make our selection criteria explicit, because we do not know of any reliable survey of RM tools market share on which we could base our selection. As an indication of market presence we took the experience reports and exhibitors of the REConf 2012 to 2016 requirements conferences as well as the tools included in the Forrester Wave on ALM from Q4/2012, in the two 2013 and 2014 Gartner magic quadrants for integrated software quality suites, and in the 2013 to 2015 Gartner magic quadrants for application development life cycle management.

From REConf 2012 to 2014, we selected as relevant RM tools: atego, Borland (Micro Focus), IBM, Intland, Jama, MID, Polarion, PTC, Seapine, Serena, and Visure. We omitted agosense.symphony, Microsoft TFS and Word, because we don’t regard them full-fledged specialized RM tools. In May 2015, we added agosense.requirements to our overall list. However, we don’t yet regard it mature enough to qualify for the selected list. microTool in-STEP RED as well as objectiF RM were not included, because they were freshly released in 2013, and we could not judge their relevance. In May 2015, we added microTool in-Step BLUE, as well as Cognition Cockpit and TopTeam Analyst (Cognition and TechnoSolutions participated at REConf 2015 for the first time). In January 2016, we reviewed the latest version of in-STEP RED and decided to add it to the selected list. In November 2016, we have adjusted to microTool’s name update from in-STEP RED to objectiF RPM.

Concerning input from industry analysts, we initially added from Forrester Wave ALM, Q4/2012 Atlassian, HPE (ALM/QC), and Rally. The Gartner magic quadrant on integrated quality suites from July 2013 has confirmed previous selections (e.g., Borland, HPE, IBM) and our earlier own addition of VersionOne. Its August 2014 update implied no changes to our list. We did not yet consider the core RM features of SmartBear and Telerik sufficiently strong to put them on the selected list. The Gartner magic quadrants for application development life cycle management confirmed additional previous selections such as Atlassian, Jama, Polarion, and Serena.

Eventually, we added a few other tools that, based on our own experience, we find relevant and similar to other tools already on the list: HPE Agile Manager and Thoughtworks have been added as a relevant agile RM tools. Blueprint, eDev Technologies, and Kovair have been added as relevant record-based RM tools.