Requirements Life Cycle Management


Baseline4TFS easily provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of any or all TFS work items within a project. This tool provides users with the ability to view and compare baselines and compare between older and the latest reversions of work items. Having a baseline on each project allows users to monitor current project performance, manage release scope, create release notes and also to improve the accuracy of future estimates.


Simulation4TFS helps users to organize their thoughts visually, creating a flow of screens or wireframes. Then, when the information needs to be created in TFS as requirements, user stories and tasks, the application allows you to create all work items directly from Simulation4TFS to the TFS project. At any time, users can send a mockup file to project stakeholders, who in turn can view the mock up, annotate the screens, provide textual or voice based feedback to the author. The application supports requirements elicitation, validation and clarity in a visual environment.


The tool provides complete “coverage” between the different types of work items, which helps users to avoid the common, expensive mistakes of missed, conflicting, and outdated requirements. It enables users to efficiently add/remove relationships between work items, helping users to plan, track and analyze project quality and completeness.

Review Management4TFS

This module is designed to manage the Review and approval function of requirements. Users can ask for a response from one or more Reviewers on multiple requirements. Users can easily manage all of their reviews on the response page, including reviews initiated by them and those assigned to a user. Users can view the list of requirements in a review package and also view all the responses provided against individual requirement including comments by others. Responses can be provided against the requirements that exist in Review Request. Reviewers can respond in ‘Accept/ Reject’ and ‘Accept All/Reject All’.

Use Case Editor4TFS

Users can create activity diagrams automatically simply by entering a textual use case; this provides visual verification of the narrative created Users can define the use cases using various tools within the use case editor in order to create consistent structure, correct scenarios and links within, and to external use cases; the activity will be updated based on changes done to the use case narrative. Users can color code the different scenarios within a use case to visually different aspects in order to understand and validate the scenarios. Users can view all the Use cases along with their visual representations (diagrams) in a team project.


SmartWord4TFS facilitates Word integration with TFS, enabling users to bi-directionally synchronize Word documents with the work item information stored in Visual Studio TFS. SmartWord4TFS provides Work Item management for TFS. This allows business analysts to perform Word-based authoring of requirements, complete with rich text and images, and save them to TFS. Users can also create new requirements and instantly publish them to TFS and then maintain Word documents in constant sync with TFS so that they never get stale. Users can also Get Work Items from TFS and import them into a user formatted Word document based on a query and search approach. Finally SmartWord4TFS documents can be circulated to stakeholders for review, discussion and feedback; using the free SmartWord Reviewer license that is available.

SmartWord4TFS Reviewer

During the installation of SmartWord4TFS users can chose to install the Reviewer license as opposed to the Author license. Having selected this choice the license manager will never ask for a license key as it’s a free plugin from Modern Requirements.

With SmartWord Reviewer, stakeholders can perform a series of review functions:

  1. Start a discussion on any requirement and view what others are saying – directly in Word. The discussion is captured in the history of each work item in TFS;
  2. Provide feedback on multiple requirements or on one at a time. The feedback received can be assigned to team members for review & also marked closed. This provides a closed loop for managing feedback. One can also generate a report on feedback received from stakeholders using SmartWord4TFS.
  3. Rate the requirement with 1-5 stars, which can be translated to an internal code (i.e. 5 is approved, 1 is declined, etc.). This rating is also captured in the history of the Work Item in TFS.


  1. Rate the requirement with 1-5 stars, which can be translated to an internal code (i.e. 5 is approved, 1 is declined, etc.). This rating is also captured in the history of the Work Item in TFS.


Through seamless integration between Microsoft Visio and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, SmartVisio4TFS allows linking and analysis of Visio diagrams and models with Work Items captured in a Team Project. SmartVisio4TFS allows the visual authoring of TFS work items while allowing you to link Visio elements within each model with Work Items. It also automatically detects usage scenarios, use cases and test cases which can be stored in TFS as work items, along with links to the requirements that they cover. Additionally, users can perform gap analysis and impact assessments using their respective visualization tools.


SmartOutlook4TFS equips Outlook users with the fundamental Work Item tracking. Create, edit, view and organize your Work Items, all from within the familiar surroundings of Outlook. It integrates emails and Work Items with each other. With a few simple clicks users can create new Work Items from an email or attach mail to Work Items.


With SmartExcel4TFS, large volumes of Work Items and their relationships stored in TFS can be visualized and organized from a variety of different perspectives right within Microsoft Excel. Creating, analyzing and understanding how information is linked is critical to Application Lifecycle Management. SmartExcel4TFS is essentially a reporting and analysis tool that virtually helps all stakeholders throughout application lifecycle management.

Auto Document Tagging

This capability is provided as part of the SmartOffice4TFS suite. It allows users to identify components within the structure of a document and once this is done, the rest of the document is tagged in a similar manner automatically. The tagged document then becomes a Smart Document and can be imported into TFS; thereby creating work items with rich text descriptions and links, as were represented in the original document.

OIM Sync Bridge

OIM Sync Bridge is a software module that connects TFS and other applications in your ALM ecosystem. It can set up as Uni or Bi-directional and operates in the background, synchronizing desired information at user defined times. Support for Defects, Requirements, Work Items, Test Cases, Test Plan, Test Results, Tasks, Suggestions, Features, Use Cases, User Stories, and many more Custom Entities can be established in the mapping file. Relationships/ links between entities are maintained during synchronization. Change History is preserved during synchronization. No additional requirements for TFS are needed for support of this integration.