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Tailoring made easy – Workshop at REConf® 2019

As already announced in the last blog post, OSSENO will be represented at REConf® again in 2019.

This year we have a central innovation: We will offer our own workshop on the day before the main conference. On Monday, March 11, 2019, between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, we will teach interested participants our workshop entitled “How do I get to my requirements process – tailoring made easy”, how to develop a company-specific requirements process in a targeted manner.

Relevant textbooks, training courses and conferences on requirements engineering offer a great overview of proven methods and techniques, but it often remains unclear which of them can also work in your own company and whether these best practices currently have the essential need for action.

Our workshop would therefore like to show how one can pragmatically and successfully tailor or improve one’s own requirements process without trying out what has been read or heard in trial and error manner without reflection. At the end of the workshop, the participants have a first draft of their own (future) requirements process and know which important aspects have to be considered in order to be able to successfully implement it.

There will always be short theory blocks / impulse lectures, which will be extended with practical exercises in which the participants can develop their own process.

The following agenda is currently planned for the workshop:

  • Introduction
  • Fundamentals of RE Process Improvement
  • Self Assessment – Where do we stand today?
  • Activities, templates, contents – what is important?
  • The mental model behind the requirements process
  • How much documentation do we need?
  • The first draft of a new process
  • Tool support
  • Success factors

We are looking forward to numerous registrations, which can be made via the REConf® website.

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REConf® 2019 – On board again!

In 2019, OSSENO Software GmbH will again be represented at REConf® both with its own exhibition stand and with a presentation.

The focus of our participation will be on automation and assistance. In addition to our full-fledged requirements management software “ReqSuite® RM”, we will also present our new product for the quality assurance of requirements “ReqSuite® QC”.

The conference will take place from 11 to 15 March 2019 at the H4 Hotel München Messe.

Further information will follow.

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Release Notes ReqSuite® 2.6

ReqSuite® 2.6 offers the following new features and functions

Enterprise Architect Interface (beta)

In ReqSuite® 2.6, the possibility was created to automatically synchronize text information or text-based requirements from ReqSuite® with UML diagrams within the Enterprise Architect modeling tool from Sparx. For this purpose, a plugin was developed for EA that transforms data from ReqSuite® into UML diagrams and reflects manual extensions or changes to the models back into ReqSuite® as changes. Currently supported are class diagrams, component diagrams, distribution diagrams, state transition diagrams, application case diagrams and BPMN process diagrams with the respective base elements.

Baseline Comparison

In addition to a document based baseline comparison, which has already been part of ReqSuite® for some time, there is now also the possibility of a tabular comparison of changes between different baselines. This makes it easier and faster to track changes directly in the application and also to detect changes that are not part of a document.

Live Synchronization

The interfaces to JIRA and TFS have been extended to include automatic synchronization on every change. Unlike before, it is therefore possible to trigger an exchange without explicit synchronization steps or the creation of baselines.

Auto Complete

To make entering content faster and more consistent, ReqSuite® now also offers auto-completion for input fields. It suggests both existing formulations and similar formulations that might make sense in the given context.

Text Replacement

From now on, it is possible to replace texts throughout the project with a single click. This is useful, for example, if certain terms are to be renamed or used uniformly in a project.

Usability Optimizations

Version 2.6 also features some improvements in performance, stability and usability. This ensures that our customers can always work with the latest requirements management tool.

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Berlin again: OSSENO at the Modern RE 2018

From September 25-27, 2018, MODERN RE will take place in Berlin for the second time as a new conference on the topic of “Requirements Engineering and User Experience”. We from OSSENO will be there again this year. After we recently received a confirmation for our presentation at the Berlin Requirements Engineering Symposium, we are of course pleased to be able to speak to an expert audience for a second time this autumn.

On September 26th at 4:30 pm we will give a lecture on project and program management with quality-assured requirements. In addition to our best practice method for designing requirements management in this context, we will of course also present our tool ReqSuite® in this context, in particular discussing the functions for prioritization, effort estimation and quality assurance.

Abstract:

Requirements are not an end in themselves, but should help to develop the right (and if possible only that) within the framework of projects. That is why it has long been known that project management is largely dependent on the requirements and their quality. However, corresponding methods and in particular tools are still not properly integrated, which is why linking the two disciplines is often time-consuming and error-prone. The increasing importance of cross-project portfolio or program management raises the question of how processes can be better mapped. The presentation attempts to provide an answer using modern tools such as JIRA and ReqSuite®.

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Webinar: Requirements and Demand Management with ReqSuite®

Are you looking for a tool for your requirements and/or demand management? Then use our webinar on July 12, 2018 at 11 am to get a personal impression of our ReqSuite®.

Simply register via the contact form on our website. We will then send you the access data for the webinar in good time. The number of participants is limited to 8.

Contents of the webinar

  • Basic structure of ReqSuite®
  • USPs
  • Requirements management and documentation with ReqSuite®
  • Import, export and synchronization options
  • Customizing
  • Questions & Answers
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OSSENO on the Berlin Requirements Engineering Symposium 2018

On Tuesday, 27 November 2018, the Berlin Requirements Engineering Symposium will take place for the eighth time.

According to the motto “From traditional to model-based requirements management – fad or industrial necessity”, experts from industry and science will present solutions this year to meet the process-related, methodological and IT challenges.

Dr. Sebastian Adam will be present with a lecture on the topic “From text-based requirements to models and back…”.

Abstract: The discussion whether to document requirements based on text or models is often theoretical depending on the industry. Hybrid documentation forms have long been found in many project contexts, in which text requirements are enriched or detailed with graphical modelling. Today, however, text requests and model graphics are often maintained in parallel with the corresponding effort for manual synchronization or the risk of inconsistencies. Based on the ReqSuite® solution, we would therefore like to show in this presentation how text-based requirements can be automatically synchronized with graphical modeling such as BPMN and UML and how requirements engineering itself can be controlled on the basis of models.

We look forward to your visit to the lecture and the subsequent discussion.

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Release Notes ReqSuite® 2.5

ReqSuite® 2.5 offers the following new features and functions

Storable Views

Filter results and sort order can now be saved as private and public views. This makes it possible to obtain all relevant information and requirements at a glance more quickly. Of course, these views can also be exported to Excel at the touch of a button.

Export of Process Manuals

In addition to project content, process manuals for projects can now also be exported to Word. Specifically, the configurations on which a project is based, i.e. the defined requirement types, their relationships, attributes and description templates can now be automatically converted into descriptive documents.

Quality Checks in Englisch

Our test function, specially adapted to the description quality of requirements, has now also been made available for the English language in an initial version. This means that international customers and projects can also benefit from this helpful assistance.

API for Quality Inspection

From now on, the previously mentioned function for quality control of requirements can no longer only be used via the user interface and thus only within ReqSuite®, but can also be used from outside via a Web API. This means that customers who already use another tool for requirements management can also benefit from this function.

Usability Optimizations

Version 2.5 also features some improvements in performance, stability and usability. This ensures that our customers can always work with the latest requirements management tool.

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Release Notes ReqSuite® 2.4

ReqSuite® 2.4 offers the following new features and functions

Quality and Duplicate Control

In order to further improve the quality assurance of requirements, we have integrated a linguistic quality check in the new version. This check is able to identify incomplete or misleadingly formulated requirements. By adding an additional duplicate checker, duplicates and even contradictions in the requirements can be detected and corrected more easily.

Email Notifications

ReqSuite® users can now be informed about events such as changes to (their) requirements or the assignment of new tasks by e-mail. This feature can be switched on and off by the users themselves.

Dynamic Attributes

In ReqSuite® 2.4 values of numerical requirement attributes (such as costs, priorities, etc.) can be automatically calculated on the basis of other attribute values. This allows you to use automated prioritization procedures, for example, or to sum up implementation efforts and compare them with planned values. With this important feature, ReqSuite® gets closer to the goal of a requirements-based project software.

Status Measurement

The dashboard introduced in the previous version has been enriched with analysis functions for measuring retention periods in individual states. This enables you to derive reliable empirical values about the efficiency in different work steps.

Bulk Edit

ReqSuite® 2.4 offers the ability to work on a multiple requirements simultaneously. For example, if you want to change the status of some requirements with a single click, you can do this with no longer need to edit them individually.

Export to Projects

From now on, you can not only import requirements from a reuse basis into a project, but also export requirements from a project to another. This offers, for example, the possibility to build up a reuse basis successively from projects, or to quicky set up projects for detailling high-level requirements from programs or portfolios.

Performance Optimization

The performance of ReqSuite® has been further optimized in this version. The loading strategy has been adapted in such a way that there are no longer any noticeable delays even with large amounts of data.

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REConf 2018 – OSSENO will attend

From 5 to 9 March 2018, the REConf®, now the largest conference on requirements management in Europe, will take place in Munich.

For the 17th time, the “Who’s Who” of requirements management will meet there to discuss the status quo and the future of requirements engineering across all industries.

In addition to keynotes, numerous specialist lectures, scientific papers, introductory and in-depth workshops, the REConf® also lives up to its network character with interactive elements such as world cafes and open spaces. The REConf® is rounded off by a large exhibition of renowned product manufacturers and service providers who have specialised in requirements management.

As in the last few years, OSSENO will be present at 2018 with a presentation and an exhibition stand. The conference motto “breaking new ground” is in keeping with our philosophy, as we have been motivating new trends in requirements engineering for many years and have played a pioneering role in this respect with regard to tool support.

Plan a visit to our stand right now to see the advantages of our ReqSuite® solution in comparison to our competitors’ offers!

In addition, you will learn in our presentation “Requirements-based project and portfolio management” how requirements engineering will no longer remain just a development discipline. We look forward to your visit!

Summary: Requirements are not an end in themselves, but should help to develop the right thing (and if possible only that) within the framework of projects. It has therefore long been known that project management and requirements management influence each other and should therefore be integrated as effectively as possible. However, methods and tools for this are still not properly integrated, which is why the combination of both disciplines is often only done manually and therefore complex and error-prone. The increasing importance of cross-project portfolio and demand management in particular raises the question of how to better integrate relevant processes. The presentation tries to answer this question from a methodical as well as tool-oriented point of view.

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Release Notes ReqSuite® 2.3

ReqSuite® 2.3 provides new features and functions as follows:

Dashboard

ReqSuite® now includes project-specific dashboards that graphically and/or tabularly display relevant metrics and progressions. In addition to an overview of the current state distribution, there are also diagrams for the state progression of requirements as well as for the visualization of relationships and attribute imprints. Relevant information about pending tasks, unstable requirements or recent changes complete the dashboard.

Enhancements in export documents

The MS Word® export has been extended with new tags for creating reports. In particular, counting and summing functions now allow you, for instance, to automatically calculate the effort involved in a release and compare it with estimated values. In addition, the Word export has been extended to include transitive output, so that it is no longer only possible to export direct relationships.

Dynamic value fields

The former attribute data type “Enumeration” has been extended to include dynamic values, which are created during project work, in addition to the values defined at configuration time.

Traceability analyses

The MS Excel® export has been extended to include not only content but also relationships that can be exported and re-imported. In addition, the tabular representation of requirements within ReqSuite® has been extended by new linking operations. Furthermore, traceability graphs have been implemented to see the dependencies of requirements at a glance.

Copy and merge

Requirements can now be copied or merged at the touch of a button within ReqSuite®. This supports in particular work with regard to the distribution of coarse granular requirements or duplicate avoidance.

Optional attributes

In ReqSuite® 2.2, you can now determine during configuration whether a certain requirement attribute must be filled in or only required as an option. This avoids superflous error messages in the completeness overview.

Usability Optimization

To further simplify the creation of new requirements, further usability improvements have been integrated into ReqSuite®.