requirements traceability

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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Going Agile: The Anatomy of a User Story

User stories, a requirements format utilized in Agile software development, are typically formatted with the following template: As a (type of user), I want (some goal), so that (some reason). This template can be modified to suit a project’s need. In this post, we’ll show how user stories themselves can …

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Requirements Tools: Excel (1 of Many)

Last time, I went over a Sharepoint feature that’s saved me a lot of time and effort. At Seilevel,, as much as we use Sharepoint, we use Excel even more. Not as much for calculations, but for storing and sorting requirements and associated data, such as features. When we do …

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A Poor Man’s Requirements Traceability

I do a lot of what could be considered firefighting on my current project.  I’m often given tasks with very short deadlines.  Tasks that would normally require days to complete need to be performed in a matter of hours.  One of these tasks was to perform an “audit” of the …

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Don’t do Requirements Traceability

Number 7 in the series, “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 7 ways to do software requirements poorly to set your project up for failure and what to do instead.” Short-change Time Spent on Software Requirements or Don’t do Them at All Don’t Listen to Your Customer’s Needs Don’t …

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Don’t Baseline and Change Control Requirements

Number 6 in the series, “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot: 7 ways to do software requirements poorly to set your project up for failure and what to do instead.” Short-change Time Spent on Software Requirements or Don’t do Them at All Don’t Listen to Your Customer’s Needs Don’t …

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Requirements Traceability

Traceability definedI first was introduced to traceability years ago by Karl Wiegers in Software Requirements (First Edition) and was immediately sold on the impact it brings to a project. As important as it is, I noticed that few projects actually did it. I’m in a position now where I do …

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