Why focus on requirements engineering?

On their website, the TU/e High-tech systems center (HTSC) define their aspiration; “Increase the synergies between key academic strengths and hence better match academic capabilities to industrial needs, thereby strengthening their innovation capabilities.” Ir. Ton Peijenburg, HTSC fellow and Manager Systems Engineering at VDL ETG, evaluates and describes how managing requirements are essential in technical industries (read full article).

Efficiently managing requirements is an important goal for Ratio’s technology. The development of our technology is originated from cooperating with the field. Nevertheless, it is very rewarding to hear how a tech giant like VDL ETG also endorses the importance of Ratio’s core activity.

Below a few quotes by Ir. Ton Peijenburg that nicely mirror how requirements are indeed the heartbeat of systems engineering, as the title of the original article stated:

Independent of what school of Systems Engineering you adhere to, all of them will put requirements management at the heart of the systems engineering process. An effective and efficient development process requires a proper understanding of what needs to be done, and realistically a project has to take many requirements into account.

The requirements do not go away, so they need to be managed.

We can no longer afford to work with increasingly large stacks of documents that burden design teams twice: once to write and once more to read.