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2.4.1 Templates
Business process management and operational decision projects use a particular business
language. In this kind of projects you have specific needs and you may need specific artifacts
to document them. Before you start creating your requirements you will want to customize
your project and artifacts.
To customize your requirements project, in Rational Requirements Composer, go to
Administration Manage project properties, as shown in Figure 2-12.
Figure 2-12 Manage project properties
Depending on your needs, navigate to the appropriate tabs to make the needed adjustments.
For example, you can create new artifact types, new attributes, data types, or links between
artifacts. See Figure 2-13 on page 16.
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Figure 2-13 Customizing the project
After creating all your artifacts, you can create a project template so that you can reuse all
your new artifacts; Figure 2-14.
Figure 2-14 Project template
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To create a new project, you can go to Administration Create Project Area. You will be
prompted to enter a name, for instance NewProjectArea, and select a project template. In this
example we named the project Business Solution Design Template, as shown in Figure 2-15.
Figure 2-15 Create a project from a template
Your new project is created with the artifacts you defined, which are now part of your project
template. See Figure 2-16 on page 18.
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Figure 2-16 New project area
When you create new artifacts, you need to select the artifact template you created so that it
populates the content you defined in the template. See Figure 2-17.
Figure 2-17 Creating an artifact from a template

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