Simple, easy-to-use tool with a short learning curve

Visual Trace Spec is a simple, easy-to-use tool with a short learning curve. The ease of administration and configuration of the program makes adoption of the tool for your projects smooth and rapid. It does not cause the initial project delays that are normally associated with complex tools, yet it provides powerful and effective support for full life-cycle systems and software development management.

Visual Trace Spec provides many additional benefits as described below:

Effective Requirements Management

For every organization striving to reach CMM level 2, or simply trying to improve the way they do business, requirements management is an indispensable project management control. Organized requirements help trace the evolution of the project throughout the development life cycle and into the maintenance phase.

You will find Visual Trace Spec to be an invaluable tool for managing requirements by establishing a common understanding among the project stakeholders about the requirements that are addressed by the software project. The program provides team members with a clear statement of requirements and facilitates effective communication among stakeholders of the system.

Visual Trace Spec allows classification of various requirements by type and enables speedy unique requirement identification through automatic requirement tag generation.  It also allows user-defined requirement numbering. Users can share and trace requirements across projects, and can import requirements from existing documents from various formats (doc, html and text). With just a few mouse clicks, you can generate an entire document from requirements in the database using Visual Trace Spec’s documents generation capability.

Visual Trace Spec tracks and avoids the loss of the requirements that are the driving force behind any information systems (IS) project, thereby reducing project cost overruns and schedule delays that are attributed to poorly identified or un-addressed requirements.  It also helps to detect requirement errors, which avoids unnecessary costs associated with implementing the wrong requirements.

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Effective Change Management

Visual Trace Spec understands that implementing and managing changes in a planned and systematic fashion can be vital to the success of your projects.  With this in mind, Visual Trace Spec automatically maintains all versions of your entered requirements and changes. This means that you can revert back to any version of a particular requirement with a single click.  The Change Management feature also allows you to generate a report on your requirements change history at any time, making it simple to view the timeline and history of your changes.

Visual Trace Spec provides an integrated e-mail feature, which allows the auto-creation of e-mail for requirement assignments. This offers you instantaneous team communication on your project, especially significant in conjunction with the change management features.

Effective Testing

As technology progresses, so does the customer’s expectation for bug-free, fully-functional software and systems.  This expectation for a requirements-exact product has given rise to a new understanding of the importance of software testing as a critical pre-release activity.

With Visual Trace Spec, users are able to easily link test cases to user and system requirements.   Visual Trace Spec’s powerful Traceability feature allows the user to easily identify the impact of requirement changes on test cases.  You can generate data on and examine the impact of change on lower level requirements succeeding changes in higher level requirements. You can run different traceability reports which allow you to evaluate the change from different perspectives; business, application, and global. User requirements can be effectively validated to increase user acceptance of the system.

Effective Customization to Your Needs

Generally speaking, our best work is usually accomplished when we’re able to work in accordance with our own preferences and needs. That vision is incorporated into every version of Visual Trace Spec.

For example, this tool enables users to specify attributes and customize views, which is useful for defining artifacts. Visual Trace Spec provides a standard template that defines views for requirements, user stories, backlog, test cases, bugs, issues, releases, and more. The template can be customized and saved as a new template for reusing across projects. There are no restrictions on configuration.

With Visual Trace Spec, users may also define custom prefixes for artifacts. For example, requirements can be identified with REQ1, REQ2, etc., and test cases such as TST1, TST2, etc.

In addition, users may customize all reports and documents per business and reporting needs and save all customized settings, while controlling access with customizable user groups.

Effective Project Control and Collaboration

Visual Trace Spec enables effective project control with collaboration via a built-in notification system. Users can be notified of artifacts (requirements, test cases, etc.) comments, reviews and discussions. Users may also write comments for notifications that are automatically attached to the related artifacts. So, you will be able to access readily all of the relevant discussions, reviews, and comments related to a requirement or test case.

However, since it is important to make sure this takes place in a secure environment, Visual Trace Spec allows project managers to control user access (and set read/write/no-access privileges) by creating and assigning user groups to different Visual Trace Spec modules and objects. Access control prevents any unauthorized persons to access the program and make changes that may hinder its success.

Visual Trace Spec is scalable and affordable and can be easily deployed to global and locally dispersed teams. Multiple users can work on the same or different projects concurrently without conflict.

Effective Release Management

Whether you use an Agile or non-Agile process, with Visual Trace Spec, you can manage releases along with other project artifacts. You can also share requirements among different releases. Visual Trace Spec’s release management provides estimation and tasks management that allow clients to deliver products on time and on budget.

Another advantage is that requirements, or other artifacts, can be allocated to one or more releases. A simple report can be generated to find requirements or artifacts allocated to a release.

Visual Trace Spec’s integrated functions enable a seamless flow of development, testing, releases, and maintenance of systems. Moreover, it’s easy to assess the impact of requirements and other artifact changes on releases.

Release managers can schedule and manage releases effectively and efficiently, with information about all project-related artifacts at their fingertips.

Technical Benefits

There are many reasons to choose Visual Trace Spec to manage all of your development projects:

  • Built-in encryption for secure data transfer – lock down your proprietary information.
  • No limit on scalability – use with 1 to 1000s of concurrent users and unlimited large projects.
  • Hassle-free deployment, with zero configuration.
  • Administration tool comes with an embedded enterprise database.
  • User-friendly interface with customizable skins and resizable fonts.
  • Fits within your budget: no sticker-shock here, a truly manageable cost.
  • Floating licenses enables install to any number of users / machines.
  • First year technical support included. Options for continued support at reasonable rates.
  • Web-based training and onsite training are provided.