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Helix ALM Integration with IBM DOORS

Helix ALM Integration with IBM DOORS

The integration of IBM DOORS (Both DOORS and IBM DOORS Next Generation) with Helix ALM brings the business and product development, quality teams together to accelerate product development and efficiently scale agile practices.

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Helix ALM – IBM DOORS Integration Overview

In an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) environment, the choice of systems, and the collaboration between the cross-functional teams play a great role in delivering quality solutions. While the choice of systems impacts the productivity of a team, the cross-functional collaboration helps the teams get complete context of the business requirements.

Best-of-breed systems such as IBM DOORS (Both DOORS and IBM DOORS Next Generation) and Helix ALM bring rich functionalities to the ecosystem. By integrating IBM DOORS with Helix ALM, enterprises can keep the business, development, and quality teams focused on customer priorities, quality of the deliverables, and accelerate the product development cycle.

How Helix ALM – IBM DOORS integration is beneficial for an enterprise

  • Trace the requirement breakdown and associated test cases
  • Get complete context of the business requirement and receive real-time updates when there is a change in the plan
  • Coordinate on the delivery timelines seamlessly with concurrent updates on changes
  • Coordinate on the delivery timelines seamlessly with concurrent updates on changes
  • Get full traceability into the Quality Assurance (QA) reports

With Helix ALM + IBM DOORS integration, enterprises can:

Helix ALM DOORS Integration

How OpsHub Integration Manager integrates Helix ALM and IBM DOORS

OpsHub Integration Manager integrates IBM DOORS (Both DOORS and IBM DOORS Next Generation) and Helix ALM bidirectionally. It ensures that all historical and current data is available to each user, in that user’s preferred system, with full context, in real-time. All ‘requirements’ from IBM DOORS automatically synchronize to Helix ALM and all the defects associated with the ‘requirement’ synchronize back to IBM DOORS.

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Helix ALM DOORS Entities Mapping

Use Case: Helix ALM integration with IBM DOORS

Problem statement: The product management team uses IBM DOORS (Both DOORS and IBM DOORS Next Generation) and the development team uses Helix ALM. As these systems are not integrated, the product management team doesn’t have visibility into how a customer requirement is being developed. Any change made to the delivery timelines or nature of the requirements also needs to be manually communicated to the development team.

Solution: When IBM DOORS (Both DOORS and IBM DOORS Next Generation) and Helix ALM are integrated using OpsHub Integration Manager, the coordination between the product management and development teams will be seamless.

  1. The Product Manager logs a ‘story’ in an existing ‘epic’ in IBM DOORS.
  2. The Product Manager then re-prioritizes the existing stories within that ‘epic’ in IBM DOORS.
  3. The new ‘story’ synchronizes to Helix ALM along with the defined priority.
  4. In Helix ALM, the priorities of other stories also change according to the updates made to the stories in IBM DOORS.
  5. The development team starts work on the story marked as ‘Critical’ in Helix ALM. They change the status of the story to ‘In Progress’ when they start work.
  6. The status of the ‘story’ changes to ‘In Progress’ in IBM DOORS as well – the Product Manager is notified that the development work on the critical story has started.
  7. The quality control team also reprioritizes this story for writing test cases.
Helix ALM Integration with DOORS

Benefits of integration for Helix ALM and IBM DOORS users

Helix ALM users

  • Access to the business requirements within Helix ALM and real-time update for any changes, enhancements
  • Complete context of the customer requirements and priorities
  • No manual efforts needed to keep product management teams updated on the QA cycle and reports


  • Traceability for business requirements throughout the ALM tool chain
  • Visibility into the progress of development work & the QA cycle
  • Reduced dependency on manual communication for business decision making

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