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.