четверг, 23 февраля 2012 г.

A business to IT people collaboration tool announcement.

Something tells me that people occasionally landing this page are not so far from software development as my grandma is. 

Thus, I suspect, some of you guys out there might find my new endeavour useful.
We've developed a tool to help collaborate on requirements and usecases, trace them and estimate project efforts. 
A tool I desperately needed at my fulltime job before. 

Starting is simple, either someone adds you as a collaborator of his project and you get an email with a signup link, or you visit our awesome site and signup for our services yourself.

Nothing could have been easier. You will receive a welcome email and can now start working. Anyone can create a project and become its self perpetuating Creator. 

After you've created a project, you are welcome to invite more people to collaborate. When adding people to your project you have to assign them roles. There are three roles except for your exclusive one, namely: Project Owner - usually a business person in charge for requirements; Contributor - any one allowed to contribute to project's items, a Project Manager or Business Analyst; Viewer - a person, whose sole need is to read and observe activities boiling in a project.

So you've created a project and invited your colleagues to collaborate with you. Then you start by creating requirements, functional and nonfunctional. You define a release, you declare it to be mandatory and, say if you know what Kano is, you declare it as a Must have.

You categorize your requirement with tags. Though we provide a powerful set of tools to search through requirements, to sort and filter by literally every attribute, it is always useful to have a short sticker on an item to filter fast.  Filter by releases is in place, of course, for you to laser focus on what's vital for you now.

After you've created a requirement, your colleague takes up and traces it with a number of use cases that define works to be done to achieve required function. He also defines how complex a use case is and who is the actor to participate in it.

And now it comes to the most interesting moment, my favorite - discussion. You've required something no one knows how to accomplish. What can they do? Comment on your requirement or usecase!

Ok, everything is fine. You've managed to figure things out during your long discussion, and now you are ready to estimate how long it will take to develop a project you require.

Wow, it turns out that it is a rather simple task to find an answer.
The last thing to do is specify some details required to tune estimation calculation and you're through with it.

So it goes

I want to remind you that we are still in early stage, and there are plenty of things we have to improve. We need your feedback in order to make our service the bestest =).

Good luck!

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