inteGREAT 8 boasts a new User Interface based on the Windows 8 Live Tiles UI. This helps to make inteGREAT easy to learn, easy to use and simple to customize. This can play an important role in reducing the learning curve and increasing adoption. The new User Interface makes it very easy for new usersto learn the application. The Windows 8 modern approach to interface design brings Microsoft's operating system into line with the touch-centric devices that have taken center stage in our lives. Applications are readily accessible and serve up useful information without forcing users to rely on shortcut icons or third-party applications. Gestures make getting around the PC faster and more efficient--and they work just as well for keyboards and mice as they do for the touchscreen devices that they are designed to accommodate.
Backstage is the new incarnation of the inteGREAT™ Application Manu. The new window contributes to the overall user friendliness of the application. Different options on the window are clearly categorized to enhance usability and accessibility. Users can open/save projects and specifications from/to different sources (Team Foundation Server, SharePoint, Local Machine, or Source Control). Other options of the Application Menu are also included.
Smart Docs is an MS Word plug-in that allows users to create MS Word templates, author requirements in them and save the content directly to inteGREAT. As this feature set evolves, Smart Docs will also allow users to save the contents directly to TFS, and comment or change the authored content in MS Word and save the incremental changes directly to inteGREAT or TFS.Smart Docs is a revolutionary product from inteGREAT™ for Business Analysts and other Business Stakeholders who want the power of inteGREAT™ but would like to contribute in the familiar user interface of MS Word. By using Smart Docs users can create the desired system documentation using any predefined structure witha Word based fill-in-the-blanks style; with the added capabilities of reuse and traceability built right into Word! Interestingly enough, by creating the desired MS Word documents and saving them, an inteGREAT™ project file and a TFS project are created or updated, including all of the relevant Requirement Objects (Work Items) and their corresponding properties. So while the user assumes they are working in MS-Word (or MS-Excel), theyare actually working in inteGREAT™ and TFS as well.
The Custom Property Popup window is the first deliverable from inteGREAT that allows individual users to configure their working environments in inteGREAT. This Property Popup shows the properties of the selected Requirement type. Which properties? The users decide themselves. The feature enables users to determine which of the properties to show in the properties window. This means that the users can now adjust the behavior (although a small part at the moment) of inteGREAT™ as they deem suitable. The overall layout of the window is similar to Visual Studio Team Foundation Server. This makes it easy for Team Foundation Server users to navigate between inteGREAT™ and TFS. It also reduces the learning curve of inteGREAT™ for TFS users and enhances usability of the application.
With inteGREAT 8, collaboration between stakeholders can be done either via documents or online; the choice depends on how each stakeholder group wishes to interact with the analyst team.
For document based collaboration, Smart Docs can be produced from inteGREAT, posted to SharePoint and then commented on by the appropriate stakeholders. SharePoint’s Multi-User collaboration capabilities can also be leveraged. Authors then receive these reviewed Smart Docs, accept or reject the comments, and save the incremental changes directly into inteGREAT. The benefit of this approach is that stakeholders can continue to use the familiar Word UI, while analysts benefit from the process automation.
The online approach for collaboration leverages the industry leading capabilities of Microsoft’s TFS Web client. With this approach authors can select one or more requirements, select the appropriate stakeholders to review the requirements, and then call a virtual meeting. Each stakeholder receives an email with a link to the requirements to be reviewed, opens the link and can then either approve the requirement, raise an issue or assign a task against it. The reviewer can also rate the requirements or attach a video or other mediatype to further elaborate.
This information and requirement status is automatically updated in the TFS server and consequently in inteGREAT. The benefit of this type of collaboration is that it is more real time and has an elegant UI for willing stakeholders to use.