Smart Office4TFS

Connect Microsoft Office to TFS

 

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Overview

Smart Office4TFS. A simple yet powerful set of light-weight plug-ins for Microsoft Office that provides bidirectional connectivity with Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team Servers. Smart Office4TFS enables teams to define requirements and create software specs using the familiar Office applications: Word, Visio, Excel and Outlook. With Smart Office4TFS users can:

 Efficiently and easily import requirements from Word documents.
 Automatically produce documents using customized Word templates.
 Quickly and easily create new and edit existing requirements directly in Word.
 Keep documents in sync with TFS or VSTS and avoid the risk of outdated requirements.
 Link Visio diagrams to work items and auto-generate test cases and usage scenarios.
 Configure, generate and automatically produce traceability matrices in Excel.
 Easily convert Outlook e-mails and tasks to TFS or VSTS work items.

I had LOTS of items I needed to add, delete and modify in a group of 8-12 PBI’s for a project. By doing it in Smart Word4TFS it takes a tiny fraction of time as it does in TFS, where you have to open each PBI separately.
Enterprise Projects & Support Manager

Features

Smart Word4TFS

Gather and define requirements, complete with rich text, table and images directly in the familiar and easy-to-use Word interface. Design customizable, reusable templates to help users define new requirements or use them to generate documents on call. Eliminate redundancies like copy and paste, and import document data easily and efficiently. Smart Word4TFS maintains documents in constant synchronization with TFS and VSTS so that your documents never go stale and helps you avoid missing and outdated requirements.

Smart Visio4TFS

Simplify complex information with diagrams and models and define requirements textually. Smart Visio4TFS provides a unique and invaluable integration to TFS and VSTS, enabling you to easily analyze and link models and diagrams to requirements. Create new or link existing work items at a page level, or to any shape and connector. Automatically calculate and produce scenarios, use cases and test cases with a click of a button.

Smart Outlook4TFS

Configure and automatically generate user-defined traceability matrices from TFS and VSTS. Smart Outlook4TFS enables you to easily create and manage a Requirements Traceability Matrix, Defect Analysis Matrix and various Work Item Decomposition Matrices. With this essential reporting and analysis plug-in, large volume of work items and their relationships can be visualized and organized in a variety of different perspectives.

Smart Excel4TFS

Smart Excel4TFS automates the generation of user-defined Traceability Matrix from Microsoft TFS such as Requirements Traceability Matrix, Defect Analysis Matrix and Work Item Decomposition Matrix. With Smart Excel4TFS, large volume of Work items and its relationships from TFS can be visualized and organised from a variety of different perspectives right within Microsoft Excel. Creating, analyzing and understanding how information is linked is critical to Application Lifecycle Management. Smart Excel4TFS is essentially a reporting and analysis tool that virtually helps all the actors in the ALM stage.

Benefits

No need to learn new tools

Empowers all project stakeholders and business analysts by enabling them to work on TFS-based projects while using a familiar tool. Smart Word4TFS offers easy transition between word processing and work item management.

Better verification and validation using Smart Excel4TFS

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.

Connect siloed workflows with Smart Visio4TFS

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, Smart Visio4TFS enables you to create all work items directly from Visio.

Unleash the power of team projects with Smart Outlook4TFS

Smart Outlook4TFS lets you connect to multiple TFS servers, project collections and team projects simultaneously, enabling you to interact seamlessly with all of them.

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