Software teams need more effective ways of managing requirements regardless of which development methodology they’re using. Rather than mapping third-party requirements tools to TFS and hoping for the best, organizations are choosing eDevTECH’s Modern Requirements suite, which adds requirements management capabilities to TFS. It is the only requirements management suite that uses TFS as an application server.

“The business analyst community is not serviced by TFS very well so we built the appropriate extensions,” said Asif Sharif, CEO of eDev TECH. “Business analysts need things like baselining, traceability matrixes, and the ability to use Microsoft Office applications. That way, anything you create in Word automatically becomes a requirement in the system. TFS doesn’t provide those capabilities.”

eDevTECH has worked closely with Microsoft to add award-winning requirements management capabilities to TFS and Visual Studio. In fact, Gartner’s 2015 Microsoft Magic Quadrant report noted that eDevTECH’s 4TFS tools fill the requirements gap for TFS.

The Modern Requirements tool suite includes inteGREAT4TFS and SmartOffice4TFS. inteGREAT4TFS is a fully integrated requirements definition, management, and simulation platform. SmartOffice4TFS generates requirements from Microsoft Office applications and bi-directionally connects to the TFS central database enabling easier collaboration, more complete requirements, and end-to-end traceability.

“Modern Requirements inherits the process template in TFS so whatever you have, whether it’s Agile or CMMI or a hybrid, customized version. It reads the process templates and allows you to work with those work item types,” said Bob Savelson, SVP of sales and marketing at eDevTECH.

Modern Requirements can be installed on premise or in the cloud. It supports both TFS and Visual Studio Team Services. Users can implement only the modules that are needed to support the activities for each project stakeholder.

Users of the Modern Requirements suite have reported authoring time savings of more than 25%, UAT time savings of 50%, as well as shorter review timelines and reduced rework because the visualizations driving requirements clarity.

Visually Manage Requirements
inteGREAT4TFS is a web-based application that helps users manage project requirements visually, view and create traceability files, and present them in a team project. With it, users can create, edit, view and compare baselines. In addition, inteGREAT4TFS provides a platform to host company data and present it in a way that makes it more accessible to all users across an organization. Its four modules include Simulation4TFS, Traceability4TFS, Baseline4TFS, and SmartOffice Library. Additional modules for ReviewManagement4TFS and UsecaseEditor4TFS will be unveiled at the Microsoft Build conference.

About Lisa Morgan

Lisa Morgan is an analyst at Strategic Rainmakers.