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Requirement Properties

Requirement properties differ slightly from the properties of other elements; they include information related to the difficulty and priority of the Requirement. The 'Notes' field is also important, as it describes precisely what requirement the element represents. Requirement naming requires careful consideration and could reflect either a categorical naming convention, or simply a loose English description of the Requirement.

Access

On a diagram or in the Browser window, select a Requirement element and:

Ribbon

Design > Element > Editors > Properties Dialog

Keyboard Shortcuts

Alt+Enter

Other

Double-click on Requirement element

Fields

Field

Action

See also

Name

The name of this Requirement, which could include numbering, plain English text or some other formal specification.

If you have set autonaming and autonumbering, the field contains the auto-counter text.

Set Auto Naming and Auto Counters

Notes

The description of this Requirement.

Notes Linked Documents

Stereotype

Either type in the name of a stereotype to be assigned to the Requirement, or click on the Browse. button and use the Stereotype Selector to locate and select the stereotypes to assign.

Stereotype Selector

Alias

An alias to be used for this Requirement.

If you have set alias autonaming and autonumbering, this field contains the auto-counter text.

Set Auto Naming and Auto Counters

Status

The current status of this Requirement.

Color Code External Requirements

Version

The version of this Requirement.

Phase

The phase of this Requirement.

Language

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the appropriate programming language, or the <none> option.

Filename

Click on the Browse. button and select the appropriate file location for the Requirement.

Difficulty

An estimate of the difficulty in meeting this Requirement; select from:

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

Priority

The relative importance of meeting this Requirement compared to other Requirements; select from:

  • Low
  • Medium
  • High

Package

The name of the Package that contains the Requirement element.

Complexity

Click on the drop-down arrow and select the appropriate development complexity (used for project estimation). You normally select from three levels:

  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Difficult

You can change your user defaults to add 'Extreme' and 'Unknown' to this list of options.

Created

Read-only field specifying when this Requirement was first created.

Modified

Read-only field specifying when this Requirement was last changed.

Key Words

A set of words that could be used to index or define the subject of this Requirement.

GUID

The globally unique identifier (GUID) of the Requirement element.

Author

The author of this Requirement.

Project Authors

Notes

  • In Requirement Management tools and texts, the characteristics of a requirement are commonly called attributes; however, in UML the term attribute refers to a different type of feature, and the Requirement characteristics are defined as properties - in this Enterprise Architect documentation, the term properties is used
  • In a project, it might be necessary to define more information in a Requirement than is provided by the standard properties; for more information on extending the Requirement properties, see the Extend Requirement Properties Help topic

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