How to Do a Requirements Traceability Matrix in Microsoft Excel 

How to Do a Requirements Traceability Matrix in Microsoft Excel


A requirements traceability matrix in Microsoft Excel can be created using the following steps:

  1. Define Requirements: List out all the requirements in separate columns in Excel.
  2. Assign Unique IDs: Assign unique IDs to each requirement to enable easy tracking and referencing.
  3. Traceability Matrix: Create a matrix with the requirements as rows and the traceability items as columns. The traceability items can include design specifications, test cases, and any other relevant artifacts.
  4. Map Requirements: Map each requirement to the relevant traceability items by inserting the unique IDs in the corresponding cells of the matrix.
  5. Review & Validate: Review the matrix to ensure all requirements are traced and that the traceability information is accurate. Validate the information by comparing it to the project objectives, constraints, and relevant standards.
  6. Update & Track Changes: Keep the matrix up-to-date by tracking and incorporating any changes that may occur during the project lifecycle.


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