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Excel is a wonderful, general purpose spreadsheet tool that lets me organize and analyze rows and columns of data into something meaningful, however it doesn't know anything about requirements traceability for complex semiconductor projects. So why do so many engineering teams still rely upon Excel or custom, in-house tools? It's probably because of perceived lower costs, institutional momentum, and the typical NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome. Safety critical industries like automotive, aircraft and medical all have standards that must be adhered to during the design process, and they share a common need - requirements traceability from concept through production. Two software companies have teamed up to integrate their toolsets into something that really does help teams achieve requirements traceability, Jama Software and Methodics. I just attended their joint webinar and will share what they talked about.

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