Release Notes ReqSuite® RM 4.0

In ReqSuite® RM 4.0, which will be released on June 18, 2023, more than 70 improvements and new features have been integrated again. The most important changes are listed below.

Table and board operations

Views on Kanban Board

From now on, the filter and sort settings in the Kanban board can be saved as a view in the same way as the filter and sort settings in the table view. This offers the possibility to benefit more easily from this form of display in everyday project work.

Reuse & Assistance

Note: The following assistance functions are initially only available to our cloud customers and also only on conclusion of a separate usage agreement.

Automatic translations

It is now possible to translate attribute content automatically into different languages. All you need to do is define an attribute that has the same name as the attribute to be translated, followed by an underscore and the language code. For example, if the contents of the “Description” attribute are to be automatically translated into French, this can be achieved by defining an attribute with the name “Description_FR”.

Automatic requirement refinement

With ReqSuite® RM 4.0, it is possible for the first time to generate proposals for refining requirements at the push of a button. If, for example, a system requirement is to be refined into component requirements, proposals for this can be created dynamically and linked directly to the higher-level system requirement.

Automatic test case derivation

ReqSuite® RM 4.0 can automatically generate and link proposals for test case descriptions for individual requirements. This makes it even easier to integrate requirements and test management.

More detailed feedback on “bad” requirements

The linguistic quality check of requirements in ReqSuite® RM has been extended to include detailed feedback. This provides users with more concrete information as to why a certain formulation is problematic and how, for example, a better requirement could be formulated.


SAML support

With ReqSuite® RM 4.0 it is now possible to implement user authentication via the SAML protocol. However, this feature is only available to our cloud customers.

Standard user group

In ReqSuite® RM 4.0, it is now possible to define user groups that are automatically added to every newly created project. This eliminates the need to manually assign recurring users to projects.

Changed authorization for template upload in projects

Previously, Word and Excel templates could only be uploaded within projects by global administrators. As of ReqSuite® RM 4.0, it is now possible for simple users to do this as well, as long as they have the “Project Manager” role in the project.

Combined native and external user administration

With ReqSuite® RM 4.0, it is now possible to create users manually within ReqSuite® as well as import them via an external user management system. Until now, this was mutually exclusive.


Reusable project templates

Analogous to reusable projects, it is now possible to create reusable project templates (e.g. for special solution patterns), which can be converted into concrete project templates at the push of a button. This can save considerable effort in creating multiple project templates.

Changing the direction of relationships

Previously, it was not possible to change the direction of relationships retrospectively, making it necessary to delete with manual recreation of relationships in the project. With ReqSuite® RM 4.0 it is now possible to change the direction without such deletion and re-creation.

State-dependent quality check

The quality check functions of ReqSuite® RM can now be switched on and off depending on the state. This makes it possible, for example, to prevent improvement suggestions from being generated at a very early stage.

Inherit attribute values

Until now, it was possible with the calculation function of ReqSuite® RM to inherit numerical values from an element to a linked element. With ReqSuite® RM 4.0, this possibility now also exists for attributes of other data types. For example, the priorities or typifications of elements can be propagated to lower levels.

MAX and MIN calculation

The max and min calculations have only worked for explicit number pairs so far. From now on, however, these functions can also be used to calculate the max and min values of attributes of linked elements, e.g. MAX[Requirement.Priority].

Sort order of enumeration values

Up to now, enumeration values could only be sorted according to investor order or alphabet. In ReqSuite® RM 4.0, therefore, the possibility was created to use drag & drop to put the values in any order.

Exports & Imports

Improved Word importer

The previous Word importer has been significantly improved and at the same time simplified, so that documents can be imported almost one-to-one from now on. This makes it easier to import data from existing Word documents into ReqSuite® RM.

Improved Excel importer

Until now, it was only possible to import data from Excel in ReqSuite® RM if the structure corresponded to the “re-imported” Excel format. With ReqSuite® RM 4.0, therefore, the possibility to import any Excel documents was created. In particular, changes in the complete Excel export or in template-based Excel exports can also be re-imported without any problems.

Interfaces to other tools

Configurable QC rule classes

When using the ReqSuite® QC API, the applicable rule classes can be defined from now on. This allows certain best practice rules to be switched off in order to exclude review results that are not very useful for one’s own context.

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Sebastian Adam

Dr. Sebastian Adam is Managing Director of OSSENO Software GmbH and responsible for product innovation and marketing. Before joining OSSENO, he worked for 10 years as a consultant, scientist and team leader for requirements engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE). Dr. Adam has assisted several dozen companies and has best practices in the introduction and implementation of requirements engineering across all industries.