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Requirements Tools

Tool Tip : Use Trello to generate burndowns automatically

After spending too much time fighting with various burndown templates, I have found a very friendly work-around that produces working burndowns for just about any task set up on a Trello board. If you aren’t familiar, Trello is a information mgmt service that allows you to create boards  with items that …

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Advantages of using a requirements management tool

I’ve been coaching teams within the requirements space for the better part of the year now. Teams typically use many differing ways to manage requirements. Some teams use email, Excel, and Box. Other teams simply meet all the time to write everything down in Word, or are always within an …

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SmartOffice for TFS will radically boost your productivity

I recently downloaded SmartOffice for TFS, a plugin for the Microsoft Office suite produced by Modern Requirements. This tool integrates Excel, Outlook, Word and Visio into Team Foundation Server (TFS), and will instantly simplify some of the more tedious tasks required for good requirements maintenance. Below, I have quickly highlighted …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Green Requirements!

Since I’m on a roll with my 2015 holiday posts – in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s talk about making our requirements green. Ok not literally green in color, but the paper-free version “green”. I’m still constantly surprised how many companies are not using requirements management tools. Many business …

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“A Poor Craftsman blames the (requirements) tool”

The decision to use a requirements tool is dependent on a number of factors: size of project, number of system interlocks, global teams, specific business objectives tied to real dollar figures, just to name a few.  In this post I will describe the key benefits of using a requirements management …

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When Features Attack!

As the saying goes, “necessity is the mother of invention”, Seilevel’s 10+ year mission to “redefine the way software requirements are created,” was no accident either. While vague, incomplete or incorrect requirements are issues we face every day, the more vexing, expensive, and ever-expanding problem we face is how to …

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Requirements Tools: Sharepoint

Like many companies, Seilevel uses Microsoft Sharepoint to store and share our documents. We use Sharepoint as our “one source of truth” to make sure that we’re all working off the most recent versions of documents, to avoid having to reconcile changes later. This might be seem obvious to people …

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