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Why did you choose Ext Gantt?

Why did you choose Ext Gantt?

 

Gantt chart is considered as the most important component in project management tools. Our project schedule of SILKROAD can also be demonstrated by this Gantt chart. We had been searching for Gantt component which can adequately fit to SILKROAD quite a while and finally concluded that Ext Gantt is the best for it. 

 

To select the perfect tool for own use, we set priorities as below criteria;

  - JavaScript based component to be compatible with popular web browsers.

  - Input a task schedule only with mouse actions.

  - Easy to set dependency between tasks.

  - Resource Management.

  - Hierarchical Tree View.

  - Modify Tasks only with mouse actions. 

 

Consequently, we came into an end that Ext Gantt is more than enough to satisfy all above criteria and we decided to adopt it as appropriate tool. With lack of Ext JS experiences, we had no hassle to implement Gantt chart with it. Easy usability is the strongest feature of Ext Gantt as a word. 

 

Implementation Details

 

SILKROAD, an application lifecycle management system, should have project management system. Most people are very familiar with Gantt chart to manage their project. We adopted Ext Gantt for our project management system. It has also an additional function to import MS-Project file as well as general schedule management function. We have planned to implement ‘timeline’ feature on SILKROAD. We selected Ext Scheduler as a component for it. We expect it can be the best UX for our users.  

 

 

 

 

 
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By admin, Posted on  2014-10-30
Compare SILKROAD ALM with Other Products

 Compare to other ALM solutions in the market, SILKROAD have several competitive advantages. We have analyzed differences between SILKROAD and other ALM tools in main features required as a software development supporting tool. 

 

 

SILKROAD Task management provides Gantt chart based task management system. Unlike other ALM solution mentioned in the table above, embedded Gantt chart in the task management module and various viewers enable users to not only import task data from MS-Project but also manage the whole project schedule and tasks efficiently. 

SILKROAD imports source code information and target test results from third party’s tools and enable users to create relations between them and requirements. Then SILKROAD traceability matrix displays traceability data in different types of matrix.

Vertical traceability matrix contains traceability information of requirements of a project. It shows relations between upstream and downstream requirements. 

Horizontal traceability matrix shows relations between requirements and test cases. This matrix informs which test cases verify requirements in a project. With coverage view, it helps users to find uncovered requirements. 

SILKROAD MDM(Multiple Domain Matrix) is also one of key competitive advantages. It analyzes data relations stored in SILKROAD. The call graph which is provided with MDM analyzes how data is connected each other. 

 

 
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By admin, Posted on  2014-10-30
RM ROI (Requirement Management Return on Investment)

1. OVERVIEW

Requirement management tools increase work efficiency, staff productivity while reducing development costs and efforts and time consumed. You should analyze return on investment of new process or tools which has been implemented. 

Return on Investment (ROI) is a popular method of measuring the success of process improvements and IT investments. The simplest method is the Benefit to Cost Ration; this if obtained simply by dividing the benefits by the costs.

 

1.1 Typical sources of costs: 

     - IT investments, including ongoing maintenance

     - Training staff in new processes and IT tools

     - Consulting needed to assist process change and IT installation

     - Recurring cost associated with new process and IT

 

1.2 Typical benefits:

     - Increased revenue such as increased sales and sales margins

     - Retention of sales that would otherwise have been lost

     - Reduction in operating expense, for instance daily time savings, eliminated rework

 

 

 

2. Calculating the ROI

 
There is no question that a requirement management tool is very useful, but can it pay for itself at your company? In Dean Leffingwell’s paper Calculating Your Return on Investment from More Effective Requirements Management, he advances this model for estimating ROI (numbers are from his example) 

 

 

You can simply divide the cost saving by the investment (this might be purchase price of the Requirement management tool)

We begin by making a number of working assumptions and conventions that will be used throughout the ROI model. 

 

2.1 The Cost

This ROI calculation takes into account the total of ownership for requirements management and compares it to the cost saving achieved from the benefits. The fields are variables adjust to accommodate your company. Numbers are from “More effective Requirements Management” by Dean Leffingwell. 

- RM solution investment

 

 

- Team’s time & Rigor

 

2.2 The incremental benefits far outweigh incremental costs.

- Avoiding the cost of lost requirements

 


Team efficiency cost saving

 


Avoiding cost of unnecessary development

 

  

<Reference>

LeffingwellDean, WidrigDon, & YourdonEd.“Managing Software Requirements: A use case approach.” 2003: Addison-Wesley Professional.

MacLeod, J. (n.d.). Requirements Management Tools: "Friend or Foe?". International Developer.

Priklandnicki, R., & Sul, G. (2003). Requirements Management in Global Software Development: "Preliminary Findings from a Case Study in a SW-CMM Context", Proceedings of the Thirty-third Hawaii. International Conference on Systems Sciences.

 
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  • SILKROAD manages and traces requirements and configuration efficiently by data integration between 3rd party’s developing tools and self-developed tools.
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