The ability to both manage and validate requirements sets iRise apart from other RM tools.
iRise has emerged as a serious contender for large and small organizations searching for a top tool for requirements gathering and management best practices. According to a just-released report by Seilevel, a professional services company that helps Fortune 1000 businesses evaluate software, iRise topped 139 other tools to finish as a top option within a competitive and growing requirements management application marketplace.
Seilevel ranked each tool in the evaluation based on several criteria:
- Did it have minimum viable product (MVP) features for a requirements management tool?
- Did it have a performance feature that increase the efficiency of managing requirements?
- Did it have a ‘delighter’ feature–something that made for a great user experience?
iRise received high marks in all categories due to its rich feature set, integration capabilities, and easy-to-use interface.
Who is Seilevel and why does this ranking matter?
Seilevel is a business analysis and product management company who helps companies analyze, select, and deploy requirements management software. Their report helps decision makers find the right balance of features and cost for their organization.
Our high ranking in their report validates our approach to gathering requirements and executing on our own product roadmap. When we stand back and ask, “Did we represent our user’s needs?”, and “Do the features we’re focusing on help project teams achieve their desired outcomes?” the answer is a resounding, yes.
We thought being co-listed with JIRA for ALM integration was important too, because it validates the benefit of bringing collaborative prototyping to any ALM tool. Our integrations allow any team, even those already committed to other lifecycle management tools, to manage AND validate their requirements.
What matters most when it comes to requirements management?
If you’re a business analyst or product manager, you’ll appreciate the research that went into these rankings. They take into consideration the common problems that plague teams:
- The need for cross-team collaboration
- The ability to view and validate requirements in context of designs
- The ability to trace requirements throughout the project
- A user experience that encourages adoption and meaningful use of tools
- Flexibility to fit various methodologies
CIO.com reviews the Seilevel report as a way to solve the persistent problem of inaccurate requirements.
What sets iRise apart?
Collaborative prototyping is at the heart of what makes iRise special. Users can share designs and diagrams and stakeholders can collaborate in real-time. Feedback is fast, efficient, and most importantly, always in context. Because comments can be linked to prototypes or even individual elements, it’s easy to trace a request back to a requirement and ultimately back to a user or business goal. That kind of collaboration bakes efficiency right into the process. It also streamlines documentation and version control, which helps project managers keep the team aligned and the project on track.
It also makes managing requirements intuitive and easy, allowing users to capture, document and validate requirements in a shared environment. Put another way – it takes the strengths of traditional text-based requirements and combines them with the clarity and cohesiveness of visual diagramming and prototyping throughout the software development lifecycle. This has proven to dramatically cut rework, costs, and project timelines.
Whether you need an early stage artifact like a user flow, or need to track an issue during testing, all the documentation stays in sync. And although the report specifically mentioned JIRA, iRise seamlessly integrates with all the leading ALM tools, so teams don’t have to adopt a whole new process.
But wait, there’s more
Maybe the most interesting part of the report is what it doesn’t include. iRise 11, which includes a big step forward in native requirements manager features, wasn’t available for Selievel evaluators since the release was in Beta at the time of the report.
iRise 11 greatly enhances the ability to manage and track your requirements and user stories directly iRise. The native “Manager” offers “right-weight requirements” management features to complement the in-context creation process. Needless to say, we’re eager to get it into the hands of new and loyal users and looking forward to the impact this feature has on our standing in their next report.
Below you can watch a product tour of iRise 11. You can request a custom demo here.
The difference between believing and knowing
There are many choices available in the ALM space, so why iRise? Think about it as the difference between “believing” you’re managing the right set of requirements and user stories vs. “knowing” you are.
We’re different from all the other tools on the list, which follow a traditional approach to tracking and managing requirements, but do little to help you confirm that you’re actually gathering the right requirements.
iRise is the only platform that reduces the assumptions and abstractions that lead to delays and defects by putting people, process, and the requirements themselves right in the context of the functionality being created. It allows entire teams to collaborate in real time to discuss, document, manage and most importantly validate requirements.
In other words, we take you from “believing” to “knowing” you’re building the right application. And that’s where you want to be.