What is SmartOffice4TFS?
SmartOffice4TFS, is a simple yet powerful set of plug-ins for Microsoft Office. It is the foundational component of our requirements management tool suite that helps development teams to be more efficient when creating TFS work items from within Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft Visio diagrams and Microsoft Outlook e-mails. Moreover, users can generate traceability matrices from Microsoft Excel.
How does SmartOffice4TFS work?
SmartOffice4TFS enables vast options for development teams for requirements gathering and creation of software specs using familiar Microsoft products, and connecting those documents to the projects they define.
SmartOffice4TFS suite comes with one copy of SmartWord4TFS, SmartVisio4TFS, SmartExcel4TFS and SmartOutlook4TFS.
Here are the features and benefits of MS Office plug-ins included in SmartOffice4TFS suite.
Employ predefined TFS process templates for Agile, SCRUM and CMMI and author requirements in it based on the work item types they support.
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 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.
Automatically generate Intersection Traceability Matrix. Display work items as rows and columns, with the intersecting cells revealing the links existing between work items. Furthermore, you can view user-selected properties in the intersection cells either text based or color coded.
SmartWord4TFS automatically brings information from work items into a word document with details as selected by the user or by selecting a query. Hence, documents are always current, never become obsolete and are possible to track down from within TFS at any time.
Working with Visio helps to visually organize and share our thoughts and plans. However when the information from the diagram needs to be created in TFS as requirements, user stories and tasks, SmartVisio4TFS allows you to create all Work Items directly from Visio.
With the proper linking of Work Items, the matrix can provide an organized representation to know the location of requirements and where they need to be placed. A traceability matrix gives a concise and interlinked picture of work items in just a glance.
SmartOutlook4TFS lets you connect to multiple TFS servers, Project Collections and Team Projects simultaneously, allowing you to interact seamlessly with all of them.
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