Building Documents

Using the Work Items tab

Introduction to Smart Docs

Building requirements specifications could not be easier. Smart Docs allows you to build documents online that can include existing Work Items from a project or used to to create new Requirements!

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Building Meta Templates

Step 1 in building a Smart Doc is to build the meta template – this will allow you to create a document structure that people building documents MUST adhere to!

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Editing a Smart Doc

Step 2 after building a meta template structure is to create a Smart Doc and learn to edit, and version, this document directly online.

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Templates and Versioning with Smart Docs

Step 3 is to build Reusable templates that retain the structure of your previous Smart Doc and also include the content of that Smart Doc so you don’t have to start from scratch.

Building Diagrams

Using the Work Items tab

Building a Diagram

Learn how to build a Diagram directly inside your Azure DevOps project. Use the pre-made stencils to easily drag and drop shapes and connect them quickly and easily.

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Adding Work Items to Diagrams

Attach Work Items from the backlog directly to your Azure DevOps Diagram – or use the tool to build new Requirements that will show up directly inside your backlog.

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More Diagram Features

The Diagram tool is loaded with many features that offers all of the ease of use of other Diagramming tools built directly into Azure DevOps

Reporting Work Items

Using the Work Items tab

Building a Smart Report

Learn to build output templates in our primary reporting tool to easily output any artefacts from your project.

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Outputting a Smart Report

Output your Smart Docs or Diagrams with the click of the Smart Report button – easily apply Word templates that give your document the look and feel your team needs.

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Creating an Advanced Report

Run queries inside reports to easily see your requirements directly alongside your static content – include tables, images, text, and more to frame your Requirements in an easy to read report.

Traceability Matrices

Using the Work Items tab

Horizontal Matrix 1

Learn how to build a full Horizontal Matrix using 6 dropdown menus – easily pull up to 10 work items levels into your matrix simply by adding another dropdown and choosing your Work Item!

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Horizontal Matrix 2

Learn how to build a Horizontal Matrix by pulling in Work Items using QUERIES – easily organize the information pulled in by the query through simple dropdown selections.

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Intersection Matrix 1

Build a matrix that shows how your Test Cases align with your User Stories/Requirements – easily create an always up to date matrix that helps you manage/define relationships between Work Items.

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Intersection Matrix 2

Learn how to build an Intersection Matrix using Queries to pull in your Work Items. Use this type of Intersection Matrix to easily display your one-many relationships.

Working with Reviews

Using the Work Items tab

Building a Review

Choose your reviewers / approvers and choose which Work Items they should approve and by when. Building a review is quick and simple.

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Working with a Review

Easily grasp how the back and forth between a person doing a review and the person who sent the review can create simple collabortion between team members.

Using Baselines

Using the Work Items tab

Building a Baseline

Build Baselines to easily create snapshots of Work Items at any given time. Learn how to build a baseline and what it can be used for.

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Using Baselines Effectively

Understand how a baseline can be used effectively by your team as a crucial part of your process.

Other Authoring Tools

Using the Work Items tab

Building a Mockup

Learn how to create interactive visualizations that will allow your team to do wireframing and mockups – drag and drop interface with full interactions.

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Adding Requirements to Mockups

Discover how adding requirements to Mockups can be done quickly and easily with the click of a single button – learn how to add more functionality to your mockup.

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Building a Use Case

Learn how to build a Use Case narrative that automatically creates a Flow Diagram that can be easily adjusted to reflect the Use Case you describe – learn the text controls that make it all possible.

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Adding Requirements to a Use Case

Discover how to easily add requirements into a Use Case through Smart Tags – add more functionality into your Use Case to ensure you’re building the best requirements.

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Building an FAQ

Design and build questionairres that allow users to ask the right questions when gathering requirements. Ensure that your BA’s ask the right questions to elicit Requirements.

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Building Smart Notes

Use Smart Notes to as a free-form method of collecting ideas that could easily turn into requirements. Understand how to turn a blank canvas into a Requirements Authoring tool.

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Using Alice BA Assistant

Learn how to interact with Alice BA Assistant to easily author a requirements hierarchy.

Getting Started with Azure DevOps

Using the Work Items tab

Using the Work Items Tab

Easily view Work Item lists that are relevant to you through the Work Items tab built into ADO. Great for easily finding out which Work Items you are a part of.

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Using the Boards Tab

Use the KANBAN board to easily view Work Items grouped by their current state. Use the dynamic interface to easily adjust Work Items directly from their cards or use the drag ‘n drop interface.

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Using the Backlog Tab

Easily organize requirements into a hierarchy as well as into specific iterations. Also used for capacity planning and seeing all the requirements in a project.

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Using the Sprints Tab

Organize your team’s Sprints through an interface that includes both a Backlog and a Board view. Set iteration dates and task/bug out requirements.

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Capacity Planning

Gauge how much work your team can accomplish during an iteration. Easily see how much time individual members can commit to a type of task – such as design or development.

Using queries - part 1

Queries - Part 1

Introduction to Queries – understanding the module that can help you find any piece of information from your DevOps database of Work Items.

Using queries - part 2

Queries - Part 2

Understand how to build a flat list query and how to use that query to make dashboard charts and graphs for easy viewing and consumption.

Using queries - part 3

Queries - Part 3

Using flat queries more effectively can easily allow you to represent any type of information from your database. Knowing how to use this query for more than a simple Work Item search can be incredibly useful.

Using queries - part 4

Queries - Part 4

Building Direct Link queries allows you to easily view which Work Items have a something drectly attached to them. This query is very helpful for finding Work Items with Test Cases attached.

Using Queries Part 5

Queries - Part 5

Tree Queries help you easily select the start and end point for your query – which will return the entire results of your tree query.