Modern Requirements Suite4TFS

Modern Requirements Suite4TFS

The Modern Requirements Suite4TFS includes all SmartOffice4TFS and inteGREAT4TFS modules. It provides a collaborative platform with ‘a system of record’, in TFS/VSTS while automating each phase of your requirements lifecycle.- with END to End Traceability

Access Any TFS Process Template

Employ predefined TFS process templates for Agile, SCRUM and CMMI and author requirements in it based on the work item types they support.

Keep Documents Live With TFS Work Items

Maintain Word documents in constant sync with TFS so that they never get stale and stay up to date throughout the requirements definition process.

Create New Work Items Within Word

Create Work Items based on the Work Item types supported by the associated Process template within Word. These work items are exported to TFS upon publishing the document.

Import Requirements from TFS

Get Work items from TFS and import them into Word based on a query and search approach.

Link Visio Elements with Work Items

Link Visio pages, shapes and connectors with any existing Work Item within the associated Team Project.

Visually Author TFS Work Items

Create any Work Item supported by the associated Team Projects template within Visio. Use Visio diagram pages, shapes and connectors to create a hierarchy of TFS Work Items that remain linked to the elements in the Visio file.

Create Usage Scenarios and Test Cases

Auto detect usage scenarios within Visio and publish them to TFS along with links to the Work Items covered by the scenarios. The scenarios can then be published to TFS as Work Items along with links to the Work Items linked to shapes and lines involved in the scenario.

Visually monitor Project Status

Instantly transform a Visio diagram into a project dashboard for monitoring progress on TFS Work Items and identifying missing requirements and roadblocks.

Work Item Management

SmartOutlook4TFS equips Outlook with the fundamental work item tracking tools of TFS. Create, edit, view and organise your work items all within the environment of Outlook.

Email and Work Item Integration

Integrate emails and work items with each other. Create new work items from an email or attach mail to work items. It automatically copies information from the e-mail into a work item.

Task and Work Item Integration

SmartOutlook4TFS integrates Outlooks tasks and TFS work items to perform easy transitions of data between them. Convert Outlook tasks to work items in Team Foundation Server.

Provide Feedback against Each Work Item

Provide specific feedback on functionality from the user perspective without requiring meetings and demo sessions. Also, provide ratings to each feedback – showing the cumulative feedback.

Access any Team Project

Connect SmartExcel4TFS to any team project including the ones based on CMMI, SCRUM, Agile or custom process templates. Generate traceability matrix for a project, portfolio or across multiple projects.

Generate Intersection Traceability Matrix

Automatically generate Intersection Traceability Matrix. Display work items as rows and columns, with the intersecting cells revealing the links existing between work items.

Keep Track of Requirements to Test Coverage

Using Requirements Traceability Matrix, analyze test coverage, test status by configuration, missing links as well as impact assessment.

Generate Work Item Decomposition Matrix

Visualize Work Item decomposition in Excel and share this report with others.

Create New Baseline in Team Project

Users can create a new baseline by adding work item(s) from the Team project. It also allows user to add Description and State properties while creating a Baseline.

View Baseline

Users can see a list of existing baselines in the selected team project, under the Project Baseline folder, along with their work item details.

Refresh Baseline

This function will provide users with the latest baseline(s), added by another user on same Team project.

Compare Baseline

Users can compare one baseline with other baselines, as well as with the current version of work items on TFS. The comparison result will show Revision ID and comparison status of the work items.

Folder Hierarchy

Users can create a new folder in the Folder Explorer to maintain mockup files in folder hierarchy. These folders are located in TFS source control so that the system maintains version history within TFS.

Modeling Visual Requirements

Create a new mockup file using a pre-defined template, drag & drop UI controls from Controls Library, set properties of the mockup page and the UI controls in a floating property popup.

Mockups Version Management

Mockup files can be saved locally or published to TFS by using the ‘Check-In Changes’ feature. The system maintains the version history of mockups in source control.

Navigation between Mockups

The navigation properties of the application’s controls help users to create links between mockups, so that click at a control will navigate the user to the referenced mockup or web page.

Manage Work Item Traceability in a Team Project

Users can automatically generate new traceability matrices using user defined input options. The created traceability reports are stored in the traceability folder along with their Data Grid and can then be viewed at any time.

Visual Representation

The application provides users with a graphical view of all of the work items and their existing links. By representing data visually, the application makes it easier for users to get a cumulative status of the work items, along with their relationships.

Assess Impact Via Linking

Users can easily view complete coverage of links existing between the intersection of the row and column work items.

Visible Requirements Coverage

Analysts rely on traceability matrices to save time and energy in ensuring requirements completeness. By easily identifying missing and disconnected requirements, users are able to analyze coverage gaps and keep track of their project status.

Use case Version Management

Use case file can be saved locally or publish to TFS by using ‘Check-In Changes’ feature so that it maintains the version history of use case in source control.

Call Use Case

Allow user to link other use case with a step within Main Use case. User is allowed to link the New Use case and Existing Use case within a Main use case.


Allow users to define Alternate and Exceptional scenarios in the use case flow. Main success scenario describes the most likely way a user may take to achieve the business goal.

Modeling Use cases

Create a new use case file, start writing detailed narration, different options can be use from the toolbar given at the top to define use case flow appropriately.

Create Review Request

When a new Review Request is created work is auto-created at TFS. User can view the created work item of Review Request and description in the description tab of a work item.

Manage Reviews

User can easily manage all their reviews using defined folder structure. User can view the two auto created folders, My Requested Reviews and Reviews Assigned to Me.

Response Panel

User can view all the responses provided in the Response panel. Response can be provided against requirements exists in Review Request.

Work Collaboratively

Multiple users can send a Review Request to project stakeholders/Approvers, who in turn can view the requirements, provide responses and comments.

Modeling Conceptual Requirements

Users can manage documents by creating structured folders or sub-folders that provide a new centralized document management system, to effectively store, control and protect all documents.

Visually Author TFS Work Items

Create any Work Item supported by the associated Team Project template from within Diagram module. Use a diagram page to create a hierarchy of TFS Work Items that remain linked to the diagram file. Users can also link to existing work items, open a work item for editing, and delete a link between a page and a work item, as well as getting the latest version of the linked work item from TFS.

Diagram Navigation

The Drill Down feature of the module allows users to associate a diagram file, mockup or use case file with a shape, so that when a user clicks on the shape, the user will be navigated to the referenced file in run mode. Users can link a shape with new file by creating it on the spot or to linking it to an existing file. Users can also view the details of a linked file in popup window, which is displayed when hovering over it.

Comments and Discussion

Users can add and review comments made about the work being performed by going to the discussion tab. Within the discussion section, users can use ‘@’ control to notify another team member about the discussion and ‘#’ control to reference a work item.

Create Folder Hierarchy

Users can manage documents by creating structured folders or sub-folders that provide a new centralized document management system, to effectively store, control and protect all documents.

Upload a Document

Users can upload a document or a file under any selected folder through Smart Office Library. It serves as a place to store, manage, and collaborate on documents with integration to SharePoint.

Open a Document for Editing

Users are able to open a document for editing or in read only mode. The application allows user to make changes in the document and save changes.

Check Out/In

Users can perform check out while editing a document and then release it for other users by checking it in.