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    In terms of auditability, is there a DoD suggested format for a Requirements Traceability Matrix? Similarly, are there any mandated artifacts, or formats that must be adhered to for things such as requirements, design, or the RTM itself? Our agency has some guidelines that we modeled after, but there seems to be some gaps or areas of uncertainty.


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    QUESTION: In terms of auditability, is there a DoD suggested format for a Requirements Traceability Matrix? Similarly, are there any mandated artifacts, or formats that must be adhered to for things such as requirements, design, or the RTM itself? Our agency has some guidelines that we modeled after, but there seems to be some gaps or areas of uncertainty.

    ANSWER: There is not a mandated RTM format for the DoD. I have personally seen how RTMs hampered future competition for support of a system because the RTM was not maintained. If the contractor is using a repository such as GitLab, JIRA, or Azure the RTM is a derived product from the backlog (requirements, or software modifications). Below are a couple of resources for creating RTMs and samples from GSA.

    When to do it…  3.11 Finalize Requirements | Governmentwide Business Standards and Capabilities - Federal Integrated Business Framework (gsa.gov)

    how to do it… How to Create Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) Example Sample Template (softwaretestinghelp.com)

    Sample: Requirements Traceability Matrix (dau.edu)

    Again with a side note: when I provide resources from organizations outside the government it is not an endorsement of the company, or an endorsement to follow their procedures when they contradict government policy.

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