HTii to advise global DOORS community from IBM conference on Queen Mary

The conference will take place aboard the Queen Mary, now a floating hotel and convention center in Long Beach, California. The ship sailed the North Atlantic from Southampton, England, to New York from 1936 to 1967. (Photo courtesy The Queen Mary)

The conference will take place aboard the Queen Mary, now a floating hotel and convention center in Long Beach, California. The ship sailed the North Atlantic from Southampton, England, to New York from 1936 to 1967. (Photo courtesy The Queen Mary)

HTii will provide expert advice to the global community of IBM DOORS and DOORS Next Generation users November 17 via a live video webinar from an international IBM conference in Long Beach, California.

The webinar will feature HTii data architect Adam Hammett and a panel of IBM and industry experts answering questions from conference attendees and online participants around the world. Hammett also will give a separate, solo presentation earlier in the conference on DOORS Next Generation.

The events are part of IBM’s Continuous Engineering for the Internet of Things Summit 2016 on the historic Queen Mary ocean liner, now a dockside conference center at the Long Beach pier.

A wide range of industries use IBM DOORS applications to manage requirements for large, complex projects, such as the development of new software, pharmaceuticals and military weapons. The legacy DOORS application is a standalone product installed on individual computers or servers. The newer DOORS Next Generation is an online version that is part of IBM’s Jazz lifecycle project management suite of applications.

HTii's Adam Hammett, a data architect and systems engineer, will provide expert advice at the conference on IBM's DOORS and DOORS Next Generation software.

HTii’s Adam Hammett, a data architect and systems engineer, will provide expert advice at the conference on IBM’s DOORS and DOORS Next Generation software.

“Both are enormously powerful,” Hammett said, “but two similar but different products raise questions for many users – which one to use, should they use both, or if they want to switch, how do they migrate from DOORS to DOORS NG?”

The panel and webinar Hammett is appearing on, “Sharing Successes & Solving Problems,” will answer as many of these questions as possible during its scheduled three-hour period, he said. The panel is chaired by IBM Senior Product Manager Richard Watson.

“This is not a presentation or slide show,” Hammett said. “It’s one long Q&A session.”

Hammett’s separate solo presentation will cover new configuration management options in the latest release of DOORS NG, version 6.x.

“Configuration management in DOORS NG means keeping track of changes made by many technical experts working simultaneously on different versions of the same basic set of requirements,” he said. “Think of ‘track changes’ in Microsoft Word to the fourth power.”

As a hypothetical example, he cited the requirements for a new airplane being developed for both the U.S. military and foreign customers. “You could have several different sets of requirements before anything’s been built yet,” he said. “If a change is made to a requirement in one version, there could be a ripple effect on the other versions. You need a way to make sure each change is officially approved, and, if necessary, incorporated in the other versions as well.”

With each aircraft design containing thousands of requirements, keeping track of all the changes made along the way is a monumental job, he said. “It takes a very sophisticated database like DOORS NG to do it, especially when many different team members can work on the same document at the same time.”

Hammett will explore several DOORS NG functions, including global configurations, baselines, change sets and streams, along with best practices for planning and implementing configuration management. His presentation will take place November 16 at 1:40-2:15 Pacific time.

The live webinar with a panel of experts will take place Thursday, November 17, at 9:00 am Pacific time. Those wishing to attend remotely can register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8382745197377329154.