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There are several ways to do this, the fastest is to upload a spreadsheet.  ScopeMaster is able to import user stories from spreadsheet files.  A flexible field mapping feature means that you can transfer from almost any other repository into ScopeMaster in just a few minutes.

Jira etc are requirements collaboration repositories and  issue trackers too.  They are very effective at helping teams work collaboratively.   They do not however, understand the words of the user stories.   ScopeMaster is different and does not seek to replace those tools.  It  is an analyser of the user stories, that examines the meaning and intent of the user stories in order to perform sophisticated quality and estimation work.  ScopeMaster complements these collaboration tools, it does not replace. them.

ScopeMaster uses Natural language processing (a branch of Artificial Intelligence) as a step in the analysis work.

ScopeMaster is the first (and only) software requirements analyser that analyses the text of user stories in order to interpret the written intent of the author.  By understanding the intent, it is then able to determine the functional purpose of the user story.

We recommend that you use ScopeMaster to refine your user stories at the beginning of your project, right up to the point where you need to use a typical repository to help with team collaboration on building your user stories.  We recommend that you refine and size your stories first in ScopeMaster then transfer to your favourite collaboration tool via CSV (it takes only a few minutes).

No, ScopeMaster is smart enough to understand when specialised terms are being used without any pre-training.

Really fast! ScopeMaster performs important work in seconds that would take hours if done manually.  It does important but sometimes tedious checking work, and it does it without supervision.  ScopeMaster can analyse a set of user stories in a matter of a few minutes, work that might otherwise take days to do.   At an average of 3 seconds per user story, depending on length and complexity, ScopeMaster is incredibly fast and thorough.

Finding defects in requirements normally takes 3 or four people discussing stories in a room.  On average to find a defect in a user story without ScopeMaster might take hours of effort, with ScopeMaster that comes down to just a few minutes.

We only charge for the analysis work that ScopeMaster performs,  and this is charged on a per user story analysed basis.   Analysis credits can be purchased in batches depending on how many user stories you need to analyse.  Typical cost to benefit ration is 1:100.  See our pricing page for the bundle details.

All software collaboration repository tools can import CSV formatted lists of user stories.  You can export from ScopeMaster in CSV format and then import to your favourite collaboration repository in a matter of minutes.  So we recommend that you refine your stories in ScopeMaster first, then import them into your usual tool thereafter.  This entire process may only happen once per project, that’s a few minutes, compared with the days and weeks saved by using ScopeMaster to perform the analysis on your user stories.

Yes,  ScopeMaster performs natural language processing (and many other techniques) to understand the functional intent of user stories

Once it understands the intent, it is then able to:

  • Find and alert you to a variety of potential problems with your user stories
  • Suggest potential improvements
  • Estimate the functional size
  • Estimate other project characteristics

ScopeMaster is available as a cloud hosted tool.  An on-premise version is on our development road map.

ScopeMaster was designed as a tool for estimating functional size.  Functional size is ISO standard way of measuring software size.   The ScopeMaster analysis engine interprets the functional intent of each user story, detects the typical data movements which is the functional size of each story.

This is very valuable because, functional size is the most reliable and consistent way of measuring software endeavours.  Functional size is the most important (though not the only) factor in estimating how long will the software take to develop and how much will it cost?

Independent comparative tests have shown ScopeMaster can estimate the functional size in COSMIC function points to within 20% of a manually derivedl size measurement.  This level of accuracy represents a leap forward for the industry.  ScopeMaster can do the sizing work in seconds or minutes that would normally take hours or days to do manually.


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