Move aside Story Points! Make room for CFP

Move Aside Story Points! Hello CFP Story points are unsuitable for use as the primary metric on software projects.  We recommend that you supplement them with COSMIC function points and give 14 reasons why. What are Story Points? In Agile software projects, a story point (SP) is a team's agreed amount of effort to do some work.  Tasks are estimated in the number of story points needed to do the work.  Story points are an arbitrary "local currency".  There are no hard and fast rules as to how big a story point should be.  Story Points are not even part of the Scrum Guide.  [...]

November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

ScopeMaster Ltd, AI analyser of Software Requirements, raises £140k

ScopeMaster Ltd, raises £140k from private angel investors to help organisations improve software success with their AI analyser of software requirements. ScopeMaster is also the name of their principal product, a software tool that automatically detects meaning from within written software requirements. By doing so it detects potential problems or bugs, before coding is even started. ScopeMaster Ltd CEO, Colin Hammond is delighted to be able to forge ahead with plans to extend the capability of the tool as well as the ability to reach more organisations. "In addition to funding, these investors bring a great depth of knowledge and experience that will be invaluable [...]

November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

ScopeMaster Integrates with Jira – for better User Stories

ScopeMaster Ltd, UK - 5th November 2018 authors of the innovative AI-powered analyser of written software requirements, are pleased to announce integration with Atlassian's Jira.  "With this integration, Jira cloud users can benefit from ScopeMaster's analyser from inside Jira, avoiding the need to maintain user requirements in two places.  Agile teams can now conveniently enjoy the "ultimate in shift-left testing" said founder, Colin Hammond. Benefits ScopeMaster's analysis engine detects the primary functional intent of each requirement statement, and in doing so can highlight potential errors. According to Colin, it "helps you fix bugs before you even start writing code". ScopeMaster's ability to detect problems with [...]

November 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Press Releases|

Thought Leadership in Automated Software Sizing

We are very proud to have worked with leading academics to publish an article and to have it presented at a recent international software measurement conference.  In collaboration with the Professor Alain Abran and Dr Erdir Ungan both of Université du Québec à Montréal, ScopeMaster author, Colin Hammond published a joint academic paper on the use of ScopeMaster for automated sizing and quality improvement of software requirements. The paper sets out the use of ScopeMaster on a reference set of requirements for the COSMIC sizing Methodology.  This paper was presented in September 2018 at the IWSM Mensura conference in Beijing. Automated COSMIC Measurement and Requirement [...]

September 24th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Press Releases|

Better User stories – Software Integration

User stories for API integration This is one of several short articles on writing better usr stories with ScopeMaster. A large amount of the software that is written these days is about integrating different sub-applications to create a new compound system.  Consequently the software requirements will often talk  about one system talking to another.  This software integration is typically through APIs, such as RESTful APIs including microservices. So let us turn our attention to writing user stories that are about integration.  Here is a simple example:  a user on an commerce application reaches the address input section.  They can enter their postcode, a lookup [...]

August 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog|


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