SyntheSys Systems Engineering


We help organisations overcome challenges by enabling teams capture and manage system requirements effectively.


Our consultancy and support services focus on the role that systems engineering plays within an organisation and how this can be developed and improved to achieve wider commercial objectives.  Central to our services is our team of specialists.  We have some of the UK’s most recognised technical specialists who offer years of industry experience and unrivalled knowledge of systems engineering processes and tools.


We deliver our services by embedding ourselves within development teams or an off-site call out basis.


Our capabilities include:


  • Problem definition and stakeholder needs
  • Requirements Definition Management
  • Solution structure production and implementation
  • Verification and Validation processes
  • Systems Analysis.

Understanding Requirements Management

Requirements Management

The complexity of implementing systems engineering in an organisation should not be underestimated.  It requires the introduction of new  working practices, new processes, new tools - and underpinning all of this - cultural change.  While the technical aspects do take time, it is

the winning over of people’s hearts and minds that requires leadership, persistence, training and coaching over a considerable period.


Our systems engineers have considerable experience of guiding organisations through the process of introducing systems engineering.  The typical starting point for most organisations is to address the requirements management parts of their engineering processes.  Requirements management is widely regarded as the aspect of systems engineering that underpins most of the other processes; a properly organised approach to requirements management provides the structures around which the systems engineering process can operate.


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    Broadly speaking, an organisation is making the following cultural change:
















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      Typically, the requirements management approach is implemented in seven stages:


      1. Gather Process Requirements
        The purpose of this is to understand the context of the implementation, the objectives in terms of process development and the specific requirements for the tool-supported process.
      2. Design Tool-Supported Process
        Matching tool support to the process needs of an organisation nearly always involves compromise; the processes are adapted   where practicable to the nature of the tools available and the tools are customised where necessary to accommodate the process.
      3. Implement Tool Support
        Customisation of tools requires developers with experience in working with the tools.
      4. Document Process and Development Training
        These activities are best carried out together, as one of the purposes of documentation is to assist in the training of users.
      5. Populate the Database
        In almost every instance there is a substantial body of existing material to be brought into the database and moulded into the specific information model.  The amount and nature of this material varies widely from organisation to organisation.
      6. Deliver Training
        This is a process that takes time as there is a limit to the number of people that can be trained in one classroom.
      7. Transfer Process and Tools Skills
        An end goal has to be that the host organisation possesses the competence necessary to be self-sustaining without the need for continual external intervention.  Sufficient skills are required to maintain the existing customisation and to administer the toolset.

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Effective requirements capture and management is the cornerstone of any systems engineering project.  With so much to manage from standards conformance to test cases, it’s easy to see why many systems engineering professionals have difficulty establishing clear

and accurate protocols at the early stages of the systems development life cycle.


Moreover, in times of austerity, more and more companies are looking to use sound requirements management practices to address inefficiencies.


Our team includes some of the leading specialists in requirements management who can also provide expert advice and consultancy on how best to transform processes.  We also offer a service whereby we can work alongside your development teams to capture and manage requirements for you.

Tool-Supported Systems Engineering

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SyntheSys is an IBM® Gold Business Partner with specialist skills in the delivery and configuration of IBM® software for process management within both the software and systems engineering domains.


SyntheSys staff are trained and experienced in the delivery, configuration and operation of IBM® Rational® DOORS® for Requirements Management in support of both military systems and business services.


They are also authorised by IBM® to resell and provide technical services around DOORS®.


Our personnel are experienced users of the following IBM® products:


  • DOORS® 9
  • DOORS® Next Generation (DNG)
  • Rational Team Concert™
  • Rational® Quality Manager.

Read our article about how we helped Network Rail upgrade its requirements management solution.

This article describes some of the complexities when migrating between DOORS® and DOORS® Next Generation (NG).

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