A newer, more beautiful Requirements
Today we’ve deployed out a new version of Usable Requirements. We’ve made managing project requirements even better.
It’s more beautiful. The new version of the application is more readable thanks to revamped fonts and layout. We’ve tweaked the themes so there’s more variation, improved the colour schemes, and added labels to absolutely everything. We love the new look and we hope you do too.
We’ve add status markers. The current status of any requirement or task is immediately obvious thanks to a new colour flash on the left side of each item. You can see the status of your project at a glance. The markers flow through the entire app too, so you’re never left wondering.
We’ve made preferences easier to update. With Requirements we know you want to be in control of your account. Previously the way the app works and the way it looks were managed separately; we’ve consolidated these preferences on to one page so you can manage your settings more easily.
We’ve updated the dashboard. When you log in to your project you’re presented with a dashboard that gives you easy to understand yet in-depth data about how much activity there is on your project. You can see recent updates to requirements and tasks, change activity, and more.
Account updates happen in real time. We’ve take the protocol we invented for the Requirements app to keep projects up-to-date in real time between logged in users and re-used it on the account management application. This means any changes to a user in an account or project are automatically sent to all the others in that account or project. This means everyone knows exactly what’s going on all the time.
We also fixed some bugs, improved the speed of the application, and added some code to make building new features faster. We’re keen to hear from everyone, so drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you think.
If you’re not managing your goals, driving your tasks and tracking what changes in your projects, sign up for Requirements now.
Opening the doors.
We’re really happy to announce that Usable Requirements is now in Open Beta. Hop over to the Usable Requirements website and you can sign up for an account today. Pop your email address in and you’ll get an invite right away.
What is Requirements?
Project management tools tend to focus on when things should be done, not what things should be done. We feel that this is the wrong approach to managing projects, especially if what needs to be done is changing quickly. Teams get out of sync with one another very easily – what might be a vital and important change can be lost in an email or a change to a document, and missed entirely if it’s a task on a ToDo list that’s been ticked off.
Requirements changes the focus of project management from when to what.
Usable Requirements is a requirements management tool. At the beginning of the project, and then throughout the project as a continuous process, users are encouraged to communicate and collaborate around the project goals. As things change, as they’re completed, and as they’re discussed all of the project information is captured in one readily available place – the requirements list.
To capture the requirements at the beginning of the project you can import your existing specification document; uploading a Word document or a PDF and converting it to requirements is an simple and straightforward process. Once the content has been read by our content server you can simply highlight blocks and turn them in to requirements. And we’re working on making it better by automating the requirements capture process even more.
Once the requirements are in place everyone involved in the project can add comments and discussion points to the requirements. Those comments can drive changes to the project. Changes give the project manager and client a good overview of the project – points that cause more discussion and have more changes are most often the points that are most contentious. Requirements draws out the areas of the project that need to be looked at most before being signed off.
Once the project specification list has been agreed the on-going day-to-day tasks can be driven from those requirements. By associating the tasks to requirements everything that’s done on a project is given context; a task exists to drive the project to completing a goal. Those tasks can be sync’d with existing services such as Asana and Basecamp so your workflow doesn’t have to change.
All of these features and more are available now – sign up today.