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To help you with your deliberations, here are our observations on other tools.

Doors®, RequisitePro® & CaliberRM®

Fantastic tools but they come at a price. Some provide superb traceability into the vendor’s associated tools such as automated test tools, configuration management and defect tracking. For this seamless integration they are truly fantastic, but it comes at a high cost, and it requires serious competency levels to effectively use the set of tools to get the return on investment.

 

Even so, the high-end tools can not trace requirements to changes in parts of code, excel, planning or files other than word documents. 

 

ScopeTracker is positioned to get you to “walk” and “jog” before you can “run” with the high-end fully integrated tools. ScopeTracker lets you master the art of prioritisation, sets, linking and bi-directional traceability, at your own pace. Thus as soon as practical, you’ll achieve timely maintainable quality without drowning in tools.

 

In addition, ScopeTracker addresses some of the weaknesses of the high-end tools:

       The high-end tools have invasive tracking into MS-word documents making word become extremely slow to work with once you go over 10 pages or so.

       From a Business Analyst work perspective, some high end tool User Interfaces are very inefficient to work with.

 

In ScopeTracker, tracking and the UI are done differently, making much easier to master and work with. So make a start, get your ScopeTracker from the Store.

Enterprise Architect (EA)

A fantastic UML modelling tool and we strongly recommend you have it for that purpose.

 

Though Enterprise Architect (EA) provides a form of requirements management, it has some significant draw-backs. For example:

       EA does not provide a separate singular list of all requirements, so you can't prioritize and manage requirements in one list-view.

       EA does not provide bi-directional traceability to external test, code and documentation artefacts.

       In EA, requirements are hierarchically linked to your UML models. However, requirements by their very nature cannot be hierarchical!
A hierarchical approach leads to duplication, hard to manage many-to-many relationships, and worst of all changing requirement numbers/IDs.

 

ScopeTracker fixes all of that for you, and it lets you trace into any Word, Excel, code or other file (as opposed to tracing within the tool only).

 

Here is one more consideration:

From a CMMI perspective, requirements management (RQM) is a level 2 capability whereas design (TS) is a level 3 capability. In other words, to gain a stepped-up time/cost improvement, requirements management comes before design! Therefore, start with ScopeTracker or similar, and later on complement with a design tool like EA.

 

Get the right tool for the job; try or  buy ScopeTracker.

 

MS Team Foundation Server (TFS)

Brilliant, superb tool, for configuration management. This fixes your CMMI level 2 configuration management (CM) needs in one go. With extensive coding it can do requirements management, but it’ll be more cost effective, quicker, and easier to use ScopeTracker.

 

Get the right tool for the right job, get ScopeTracker from the Store.

 

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