Our passion is to bring greater certainty and efficiency to software work through better requirements and metrics.
Using proven research of what really works, not just hype, we have developed tools to help you achieve orders of magnitude improvements and predictability on software projects. We can achieve these dramatic benefits only because of our unique approach of applying automation to the pre-coding work, principally that of creating, analysing and measuring software requirements.
Using sophisticated natural language analysis and other algorithms to examine requirements, our technology can help you achieve high quality software definitions very quickly. This early attention to quality of requirements has a compound, virtuous effect on the subsequent design, development and testing activities. The result is that many development problems are avoided leading to fewer bugs, less rework and shorter timelines.
ScopeMaster’s new Productivity Benchmarking feature also provides project mangers and bid managers rapid reliable estimates for cost, effort and duration. Including what-if analysis. so you can answer questions like: “could we get this project done in 9 months?”
Colin has over 30 years of IT industry experience, working for many organisations on design, development, software project management and portfolio management. His focus on methods and metrics that actually work spurred him to create ScopeMaster. He started ScopeMaster Ltd in 2018 to develop and sell the ScopeMaster tools and services. “Great things are achieved by small groups of highly competent people”
Dr Simon Wright
Consulting and Training
Simon has spent over 20 years working on software requirements users stories and system specifications. He brings an incredible depth of knowledge to educating and guiding clients to make the most of the potential of ScopeMaster.
Wayne is our engine for getting the word out, developing our sales pipeline and ensuring customers are succeeding.
Sales and Marketing
Jonathan leads our digital marketing and sales activities.
Vicky runs the digital side of ScopeMaster’s marketing activities.
Richard is an enterprise architect of extensive experience. He brings practical technical and commercial advice to the team.
Lonnie has over 50 years in IT and has seen it all before. He brings incredible insight and experience to the team.
Rupert has over 25 years in business and software. He brings many skills including high energy, sales experience, clarity of thought and focus to the board.
ScopeMaster® is a cloud-hosted tool for improving the quality, estimation and delivery of software projects. ScopeMaster® analyses written requirements or user stories to deliver insight, exposing potential defects, improvement suggestions and functional size estimates that can be used to make your software projects more successful.
ScopeMaster’s automated analyser uses a combination of AI and other techniques tuned to the nature of software requirements in order to expose defects and estimate size. Using ScopeMaster, you can achieve requirements QA productivity improvements of up to 20x.
Scopemaster® has been developed in the UK and is owned by ScopeMaster Ltd. The automated analysis performed by ScopeMaster is unique and is subject to International patent application (PCT/GB2019/050478) originally from February 2018. ScopeMaster® is a registered trademark 3291993.
A note from the author:
Thank you for your interest in ScopeMaster.
I set out to create a tool that would help me as a software project manager with the job of measuring software size. I learned about COSMIC function points and wanted to use them instead of IFPUG FP which I had been using successfully for many years. It turns out that COSMIC was an excellent choice and then, largely by accident I created a tool that is very effective in finding defects in requirements. I never foresaw that.
Nearly a year later, it is so exciting to see analysts and project managers getting such significant and rapid benefits from using ScopeMaster. The software development industry has had such a poor reputation for predictable, on-time, on budget projects. I am convinced that ScopeMaster has the potential to make a notable contribution to improving the reputation of software project deliveries.
I am very grateful for the advice and wisdom of experts who have helped me validate ScopeMaster, especially Lonnie Franks, Charles Symons, Professor Alain Abran and Bernard Lonedix. I am also indebted to Capers Jones whose books have inspired me on this journey.
Colin Hammond, November 2018
“This is really neat….other than general readability, it’s the only static analysis tool for requirements that I have ever seen”
At the University of Dayton Research Institute, we pride ourselves on delivering; high-quality work, on time and budget, and having total transparency with our clients. ScopeMaster gives us a powerful tool to not only quickly and efficiently price our efforts based on industry standards but also add a new layer of customer interaction through its reports.
I would be shocked if this didn’t improve development team productivity by at least 10%.
This is of great potential benefit for the requirements community as well as the sizing community. I share your excitement.
Another benefit of your tool is that, not only does it interpret the requirements but it actually writes the detail specifications, which can then be used as test cases.
It is much harder to remove defects from requirements and design that it is from source code. But if those defects are not removed prior to testing, testing itself cannot find them.
Scopemaster doesn’t just help find the requirements defects but helps educate authors to prevent them in future!
Its amazing that you have come up with the right set of functional requirements.
Using ScopeMaster, not only I did I find and fix 150 defects in 2 days, it was actually fun to use!
“…I want to use it on any future projects, whether agile or waterfall, to tighten up the requirements as early as possible. To me it’s a no brainer”