Definition – What does Traceability Matrix mean?
Traceability Matrix is a document that is used to correlate and trace security, business, application or any other requirement to their implementation, completion or testing. It assesses and relates between multiple components and delivers the complete status of project requirements in terms of their level of completion. A requirement traceability matrix also used to check if the current project requirement is being met and help in the creation of a request for proposal, software requirement specification and project plan tasks.
Glossary Web explains Traceability Matrix
Traceability Matrix is mainly used in the software development projects in order to identify, trace and verify that the specific functionality or component is being developed. It is a worksheet like a document that consists of numbers of tables, in which two different values are compared against each other by placing an incentive for one set in the top row and other on the left column. If it has commonality or relationship, a mark is placed where the row and column intersect.
In order to ease the creation of Traceability Matrices, it is advisable to add the relationship to the source documents for both backward and forward traceability. That way when an item is changed in one baselined document that makes it easy to know what needs to be changed.