So What's This iRD Thing Anyway?

We’re working hard to overcome the status quo in software requirements. I truly believe there are many out there that have resigned themselves to just having to “deal with” the challenges of ambiguous requirements, slipping deadlines, reduced feature sets, and the like. There are reams of documentation that is expected to be read, understood, and approved.

Most of the time, the project team needs to seek this documentation from a central repository, such as SharePoint. While all the documentation may be there, it’s often left to each team member to determine what needs to be downloaded and read. Documents that support other documents are referenced, but the team member is left with the daunting task of trying to keep it all together.

What if there was one “document” that provided all of the information stakeholders needed? What if this document was delivered on a mobile device such as a phone, tablet or e-reader that could be taken anywhere? What if stakeholders, development, QA and others had a customized version with just the documentation they needed? What if the documentation was interactive with software visualizations, walkthrough videos, and collaboration?

Introducing the iRD™ or Interactive Requirements Document™.

Instead of disparate Word & Excel documents, Visio diagrams and other document types uploaded to some sort of repository, the iRD encapsulates everything in a very easy-to-use and very portable format that is targeted to each set of stakeholders. Because no two projects are exactly alike, the iRD is customized for the client, the project and the technology the iRD will be used with.

For example, we are currently delivering an iRD™ for the Department of Homeland Security which will be delivered via Apple iPads. Stakeholders will be able to view and comment on all project documentation, experience a high fidelity visualization of their software, watch walkthrough videos and much more all within a single experience. They will be able to take the entire project with them wherever they go. The feedback so far is nothing short of amazing.

Why settle for the status quo on your next project?

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