Tag: Requirements Tools

Excel Can Help with Requirements Management Early On

Excel Can Help with Requirements Management Early On ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog titled the 5 Joys of using Excel as a Requirements Management Tool. In the post, I wrote about the frustrations I was facing using Excel as a requirements management tool. I still stand by what I wrote at that time (and if you are interested in […]

Requirements Management Tool Review – Blueprint

Requirements Management Tool Review – Blueprint ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

One of the perks of working for a consulting company is that we get to work with a variety of tools and resources depending on the needs/desires of our clients. I have been working on a project to select a requirements management tool for one of our clients. For the project itself, we are using […]

Requirements Tools: Excel (1 of Many)

Requirements Tools: Excel (1 of Many) ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Last time, I went over a Sharepoint feature that’s saved me a lot of time and effort. At ArgonDigital,, 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 this, the usual pros and […]

Collaborate on documents during your meetings

Collaborate on documents during your meetings ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

A nice trick that business analysts can use now that collaboration technology like Google Docs exists is to allow meeting participants to simultaneously collaborate on documents during the meeting itself.  Simply have everyone in your meeting open up the document on their own computer, and then everyone can edit the document together in real time.  […]

My Favorite “Hidden” Visio Feature: Extracting Data from Visio Drawings

My Favorite “Hidden” Visio Feature: Extracting Data from Visio Drawings ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

On a recent project, I found myself cobbling together spreadsheets which included a lot of the data elements from some of my Visio diagrams.  One such case occurred early on in the project, when I was reviewing a feature tree with stakeholders, and attempting to map branches of the feature tree to various Subject Matter […]

Joy Beatty discusses software requirements tools in an upcoming TV show on tools for software productivity

Joy Beatty discusses software requirements tools in an upcoming TV show on tools for software productivity ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

We had a busy day of software requirements filming at ArgonDigital headquarters this week! ArgonDigital was tapped by eDev Tech for a segment on requirements tools for an upcoming TV show about software productivity. It will be broadcast on major cable networks as well as Direct TV and university networks. Joy presented a brief field […]

Business Analyst Tip: The Format Painter

Business Analyst Tip: The Format Painter ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Like many of us, I’ve been known to mumble disparaging remarks about Microsoft under my breath while using their tools. But, I have to say there is at least one thing they did right – the format painter. I run into enough people who don’t know about this that I think it is worth mentioning. Do […]

Commenters’ Choice: ArgonDigital Requirements Management Tool Evaluation – Part 2

Commenters’ Choice: ArgonDigital Requirements Management Tool Evaluation – Part 2 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

This year’s requirements tool evaluation research generated lots of interest, and lots of questions/comments (despite some challenges with our template downloads). Read on for more… Joy Beatty wrote, “Phase 2 of our requirements management tool research is complete! We have posted the criteria and tool scores in a downloadable Excel document, though we have a […]

Requirements Webinar Downloads – “Tool vs. Process: Which Comes First?”

Requirements Webinar Downloads – “Tool vs. Process: Which Comes First?” ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Joy Beatty, VP Research & Development at ArgonDigital, presented a requirements webinar September 21 hosted by eDev Technologies. The webinar is part of their Requirements Leadership Forum lecture series. Joy spoke to more than 220 people, comparing the reasons to start with the requirements process with why you might start with the requirements tool, and […]

ArgonDigital Requirements Management Tool Evaluation – Part 2

ArgonDigital Requirements Management Tool Evaluation – Part 2 ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

9/22/11 IMPORTANT NOTE AND UPDATE: We have updated the criteria and tool scores — please go to this post for the most current material. Phase 2 of our requirements management tool research is complete! We have posted the criteria and tool scores in a downloadable Excel document, though we have a whitepaper coming out shortly […]

Webinar Sept. 21 – Tool vs. Process: Which Comes First?

Webinar Sept. 21 – Tool vs. Process: Which Comes First? ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Considering whether to update (or finally define) your requirements best practices? Considering whether or not you need a requirements management tool? Do you want to avoid rework and the wasteful “unlearning curve” later? If so, this webinar is for you. Tool vs. Process: Which Comes First? When: September 21, 2011, 12:00PM-1:00PM CT Click here to […]

Live from RE’11: In the Dragon’s Den

Live from RE’11: In the Dragon’s Den ArgonDigital - enterprise automation experts

Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to sit on a panel with Alistair Mavin, Sam Phillips, and Peter Jones and participate in a Dragon’s Den-style competition.  The Brainchild of Jane Celeland-Huang and Daniela Damian, the interactive panel was created in order to foster communication between researchers and practitioners, but also to help focus researchers on the […]