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New Post 8/17/2010 8:14 AM
User is offline joetraff
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Re: What types of software tools do you use? 

 larimar wrote

Currently:

  • MS Word for use cases, test plans, test cases
  • MS Excel for requirements, business rules, actors catalogue, issues log, change requests log, traceability matrices
  • MS Visio for sample UI mockups
  • Enterprise Architect for BPMN and UML diagrams (would use for ER diagrams too if I did any)

I have also been looking at more sophisticated tools for managing requirements end-to-end between BAs, developers, testers, and PMs.  Some of the tools we've looked at are:

  • Borland CaliberRM
  • GatherSpace
  • stpSoft Reqsheet
  • Artifact Lighthouse
  • Visual Studio Team Server (on its own... some of the above products integrate with this as well)

I have yet to find what I would consider an all-encompassing solution, so I expect some customization will occur with whatever we decide on (like a VSTS integrated tool).

Great reply.

Keep on sharing.

 
New Post 8/16/2012 1:34 AM
User is offline Tracy
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Re: What types of software tools do you use? 

 The BI Companion - web based, no installation, fast, OLAP cubes,reports, dashboards, Drag-and-Drops, easy for use..

The next step would be the BI Portal, which includes all that + report server companion, report viewer, interactive dahsboards, data mining companion, charts and maps

Both have free trial versions, downloads from the official site of the developer, support and help if needed

 
New Post 11/1/2012 7:46 AM
User is offline Heather
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Re: What types of software tools do you use? 

I use MS Word for my intial discovery document with MS Visio for diagrams. For requirements i often start with spreadsheets, but our official tool at work is DOORS.

It does offer good traceability but is fiddly to use. The worse feature is the method for adding a row. This is one of the most common things we do, but its a real pain.

I think the designers need to spend more time with their customers!

We also use Visio for proces maps, its OK but if you need to move things, watch out!

I love Bizagi at home. Its so easy for process maps, Microsoft look out! more tools nedd to be designed this way.

For requirement discovery  meetings, well its the good old paper and post it notes.

whatever you use, think of your audience.

 

 
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