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Why You May Be Losing Valuable Time & Resources, Without Realizing It

Learn Why Excel™, Word™ & Wikis Are Often
For Managing Requirements, And Can Cause
Wasted Time, Project Delays & Even Lost Customers...

And Why Only One In Ten Readers Can
And Prevent These Losses

Why Only One In Ten Readers?

Just like you, almost all readers who come to this page are responsible for managing requirements for their products and services - directly or indirectly.

But this page will appeal to only about one in ten readers. The other nine will be hardworkers, ambitious and earnest. But to them, a tool is a tool. They will believe any tool is good enough to manage requirements, even if it is ill-suited for the task. On the other hand...

The one reader in ten knows the importance of the proper tool. He or she knows that the proper tool saves valuable time, ensures project success and prevents losses. Let us look at a simple but helpful example...

Importance Of Proper Tool

Imagine that you just bought a beautiful painting in an exquisite wooden frame. You'd like to hang it in your living room. To do so you need to make holes in your wall. Which tool to your right would you pick to make these holes? The screwdriver or the drill?

Now imagine that you had several screwdrivers in your toolbox. But you did not have a drill, and you had to get in your car and drive to the hardware store that is fifteen minutes away to buy it. Now which tool would you pick?

Most of us will still pick the drill because it is the right tool to make holes. While we could conceivably use the screwdriver to make holes, it would be frustrating, ineffective and may cause the painting to fall and break due to poor holes. On the other hand...

The drill - while more expensive - saves us valuable time and makes effective holes that will hold the painting - i.e. prevents losses. Let us consider how this applies to managing your requirements...

Why Excel, Word & Wikis Are Often Wrong Tools
And How They Can Harm Your Team

When it comes to tracking and managing your requirements, Excel, Word and Wikis are just like the screwdriver. They are readily available and your team already knows how to use them. But they are the wrong tools for the task at hand. Why? Using such "general purpose" tools to track and manage your requirements can lead to:
  • Incomplete Requirements
    • As these are all general-purpose tools, it is very hard to gather requirements in a structured fashion. This often leads to incomplete requirements - one of the biggest reasons for project failures in a large study by The Standish Group.
  • Incorrect Requirements
    • Requirements documents created using Excel and Word usually are stored on the author's computer, and are not accessible by others in real-time.
    • This makes it harder to share, discuss, validate, and track changes - frequently leading to incorrect requirements which often cause project delays & failures.
  • Lost Requirements
    • Most importantly - it is very easy for requirements to drop through the cracks when using Excel/Word/wikis to manage them. Even critical requirements can be lost when the author forgets, is reassigned, or leaves your organization.
Incomplete, incorrect and lost requirements lead to PROJECT DELAYS, PROJECT FAILURES, and UNHAPPY CUSTOMERS WHO DEFECT - without you even knowing it is caused by the wrong tools. This is bad enough, but these tools are often even worse...

Wrestling with tools like Excel, Word & wikis to manage requirements TAKES VALUABLE TIME AWAY from your team's higher-value activities, CAUSES UNNECESSARY STRESS and FRUSTRATES YOU...

This is why Engineering & Sales teams at most companies do NOT use Excel, Word or wikis to track their Issues & Opportunities. They use tools built for that particular task -- i.e. Bug trackers and CRM software, respectively. You too can prevent these losses and save valuable time by choosing the right tool to manage your requirements. Here is how...

How You Can Get The Right Tool
And Prevent These Losses

Gartner, the leading independent market research organization, says the following:

"Requirements management can be simplified if initial requirements definitions are captured in a database-based tool to enable collaborative review... traceability and versioning/change control"

Matt Light, Research Director, Gartner
Accompa is the leading web-based requirements management tool that allows you to avoid the shortcomings of Excel, Word & wikis - and track & manage your requirements successfully using a central, structured, customizable database.
Accompa is an easy-to-use and proven software used by hundreds of companies
of all sizes to manage their requirements. It is customizable to fit your organization's needs. It is also affordable -
it starts at just $199/month.
P.S. Comparable enterprise-quality requirements software can cost 2-6 times the price of Accompa, depending on the number of user licenses you need. Why is Accompa less expensive?
When you get Accompa - you get access to an enterprise-quality software, at an affordable price.
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Features You Need, And Nothing More
Here's just a sampling of the many powerful features in Accompa:

1. Store & Manage Structured Requirements Centrally

  • Requirements management using centralized database for product management and related teamsStore structured requirements in a central, web based database - instead of in unstructured documents and emails on the PCs of individuals like product managers or engineers.
  • Create, track & manage requirements, features and use cases for your products/projects right from your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari) - without installing or maintaining any software.
  • Access securely from anywhere (work, home or road) with any computer connected to the Internet.
  • Enable multiple users to simultaneously access up-to-date requirements.

2. Customize to Fit Your Needs

  • Customizable software requirements management to fit your needsCustomize Accompa right from your web browser, to fit the unique needs of your organization and users.
  • Create unlimited custom fields to capture and track all aspects of your requirements.
  • Create custom views to manage requirements for multiple products/projects.
  • Define custom user roles to implement access privileges based on a user's role in your organization.
  • Integrate Accompa with other software used by your organization (such as bugtrackers, test case tools, in-house applications, etc) using Accompa REST API. Implement Single-Sign-On (SSO) to integrate user login with your Active Directory or LDAP.

3. Automate Gathering of Requirements With Custom Web Forms & Emails

  • Requirements gathering made easy with custom web formsGather feature requests over the web using custom web forms called "SmartForms".
  • Gather feature requests via email using custom email addresses called "SmartEmails".
  • Create unlimited number of SmartForms & SmartEmails for use in gathering requirements from customers as well as internal stakeholders such as Sales and Support teams.
  • SmartForm and SmartEmail submissions are automatically converted into requirements using custom criteria to save you valuable time. Review these submissions easily and process them for further action.

4. Track Changes & Dependencies Automatically

  • Track requirements dependencies easilyTrack dependencies and relationships between requirements easily - and avoid missed requirements which often lead to project failures.
  • Perform quick impact analysis when changing, removing or deferring a requirement from a project.
  • Meet your auditing & change management goals easily using baselines and automatic change history tracking.
  • Ensure completeness of requirements in a project using features such as traceability matrix.

5. Share Requirements & Collaborate in Real-Time

  • Requirements sharing and collaborationShare requirements across different departments of your organization in real-time - securely over the web.
  • Collaborate via easy-to-use tools such as integrated discussion boards.
  • Identify the most popular requirement themes using our powerful Social Tags.
  • Get automatic email alerts on requirements, discussions, products and projects of interest to you.

6. Prioritize Requirements Using Systematic Methodology

  • Prioritize and manage requirementsPrioritize requirements using repeatable, systematic methodology based on ROI (Return on Investment) metrics.
  • Create custom formula to calculate ROI of your requirements, to fit criteria important to your organization.
  • Say goodbye to prioritization based on ad-hoc methods and judgment calls.
  • Focus your resources on highest value requirements - instead of just requirements that seem interesting.

7. Save Time & Eliminate Hassles Using Powerful Capabilities

  • Manage requirements using powerful search and import/exportFind requirements of interest to you instantly using Accompa's powerful, customizable "Search".
  • Group and manage requirements and features in a hierarchical structure using interactive trees.
  • Create and use requirements baselines to achieve powerful change management capabilities.
  • Import from Excel with just a few clicks; Export with a single-click to Microsoft Word, Excel or HTML.

8. Generate Requirements Documents Using Intuitive Wizards

  • Intuitive wizard for requirements documents such as MRDs and PRDsSave time and reduce hassles involved in creating requirements documents such as MRD (market requirements document), PRD (product requirements document) or SRS (software requirements specifications).
  • Create requirements documents (MRD, PRD or SRS) right from Accompa using intuitive wizards.
  • Export with a single-click to Microsoft Word, HTML, or PDF to work on them further.
Accompa has many other useful features. If you've read this far and agree that getting the right tool is important - you might be the "one in ten" reader we created Accompa for...

Imagine you and your team using Accompa to manage your requirements. You avoid all the losses & unnecessary stress caused by ill-suited tools like Excel, Word & wikis - and work far more efficiently and more successfully. Click the link below to try it risk-free right now...

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A special section if you're still unsure:
"Accompa seems too expensive" -
If you're like most companies, your current tools are likely ill-suited for managing requirements and may be costing you far more in project delays/failures, lost customers and other losses described above - these losses are simply "hidden from you". Furthermore, Accompa is far less expensive than comparable software which can cost 2-6 times that of Accompa. Accompa starts at just $199/month.

In addition, companies get an average of 17x return on their investment in Accompa - this means continuing with your current tools can cost you significant productivity gains.
"It may not work for my team" -
If you don't try it, you'll never know whether it works for your team and what benefits you could achieve. Hundreds of companies of all sizes use Accompa every day (see testimonials above). They realize tremendous quantifiable benefits (17x return on their investment) from using Accompa. Furthermore, Accompa is backed by our industry's ONLY "90-Days-or-Free" guarantee - so it's 100% risk-free for you.
"I'll keep using Excel & Word for now" -
While this is the easiest option, it's also probably the worst option, due to reasons discussed above. These general-purpose desktop tools have far too many shortcomings and may be causing project delays/failures and lost customers even as you read this. In addition - they also cause unnecessary stress for your team and take time away from your team's higher value activities, as these tools are ill-suited and inefficient for managing requirements.

Get Accompa by taking advantage of the 30-day FREE Trial - it will help you understand why using Excel & Word to manage your requirements is simply not the way to go.
"I'll use wikis or online spreadsheets" -
While these tools are better than Excel & Word because they can be easily shared over the web - these general-purpose tools suffer from all the other disadvantages of Excel & Word discussed above. Although they seem like a better option than Excel & Word - they're in fact only marginally so. The net result is - these ill-suited tools could hurt your team and your company far more than they can help. Why take this risk? Especially when you can try Accompa risk-free, right now.
"It may be too much work to switch to Accompa" -
The #1 reason customers give for choosing Accompa is its ease-of-implementation and ease-of-use (see testimonials above).

You can get started with FREE trial in just 3 minutes or so. It takes about 10 minutes to set it up and get started. Your users will find it easy to learn, and easy to use every day - our design is laser focused on making it so. Most of our customers see dramatic improvement in a mere 30-90 days.

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