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System and Method for input of paper software solutions development systems artifacts into OSLC-compliant tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000211126D
Publication Date: 2011-Sep-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method by which software development teams can use the informal methods of collecting stories on index cards, but then automate the creation of the electronic codification into an application lifecycle management system via a compliant Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) tool. The system and method consists of a process that reads the paper artifacts, digitizes the contents, and in turn uses OSLC to create work items in an OSLC compliant tool.

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System and Method for input of paper software solutions development systems artifacts into OSLC-compliant tool

Software solutions development teams often use post-it notes and/or index cards to develop artifacts used in collaborative, incremental, and iterative development approaches. This includes the development of user stories in the development framework, but other methodologies also include the use of paper cards to elicit requirements. This works well in a small co-located software development team. However, if the teams are distributed and need to use a tool or they want to use a tool in order to track history, help them collaborate virtually, etc., then they'll need to type all of those hand-written requirements into the tool.

It is not uncommon to find collaborative software development teams with a wall filled with index cards for the backlog of user stories to be considered by the development team. Part of the reason they stay on the wall is the high level of manual effort needed to codify those stories into an electronic form.

This invention allows software development teams to use the informal methods of collecting stories on index cards, but then automate the creation of the electronic codification into an application lifecycle management system via a compliant Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) tool. The value of this invention is that it reduces the manual input of these user stories into an application lifecycle management system.

The system and method consists of a process that reads the paper artifacts, digitizes the contents, and in turn uses OSLC to create work items in an OSLC compliant tool. The initial effort to elicit requirements and/or document user stories could take place in a very informal environment,...