FAQ

Here are frequently asked questions about QVscribe.

General

QRA’s mission is to accelerate the design process and reduce costs across industries building the most complex, mission and safety-critical systems.

QRA achieves this mission with our software which analyzes requirements, the most crucial stage of development, enabling engineers to author better requirements, detect design errors, and build with confidence.

QVscribe is QRA’s flagship solution that provide customers with highly sophisticated analysis and insight backed by decades of research.

QVscribe

QVscribe is an add-in for Microsoft Word and Excel, Polarion, DOORS Next, and Jama that performs best-practices quality analysis, terminology consistency analysis, unit consistency analysis, and requirement similarity analysis on each individual requirement to help improve the clarity, consistency, and quality of requirements and technical documentation.

The combined analysis results enable the user to rapidly hone in on problematic requirements and see highlighted within them any inconsistent terminology that could lead to problems down the road. QVscribe has a strong focus on simplicity, usability, and integration to provide the most useful analysis information without disrupting or cluttering the user’s workflow.

QVscribe helps teams write clear requirements in less time. QVscribe scores individual requirements for clarity and improves the overall consistency of entire documents.

The QVscribe analysis runs entirely on individual workstations and is accessed within MS Word and MS Excel as an MS Office plug-in, as well as in Polarion, DOORS Next, and Jama requirements platforms. QVscribe for Teams includes a server application to share licenses and configurations across your team’s network.

Whether you are enforcing industry standards in the early project stages, collaborating across multiple teams, or ensuring correctness and indexing of domain-specific terminology, QVscribe makes the requirements analysis process more efficient for all users.

QVscribe is a great fit for many industries. Currently our top five are: Semiconductors, Automotive, Medical Devices, Aviation & Aerospace, Oil & Energy.

QVscribe allows users to automatically analyze their requirements. The tool finds ambiguities, inconsistencies, and violations of best practices and generates actionable reports. These reports can then be used to improve clarity and consistency, reducing quality review cycles and rework.

QVscribe has proven to reduce time and cost by 75% or more. QVscribe provides quality analysis and warnings, unit and term consistency analysis, requirements similarity analysis, and generates configurable analysis reports to share with your team.

QVscribe is not a requirements management tool; it is an analysis tool. QVscribe analyzes the actual terminology and sentence structure of textual requirements and provides quality scores and guidance to help improve their clarity and consistency.

QVscribe focuses on the detection and quality analysis of requirements in a document. In its current version, QVscribe automatically runs the following analyses:

Quality analysis: Scores each requirement on a scale from 1 to 5 using best practices guidelines. Any terminology causing problems in a requirement is shown highlighted.

Consistency analysis: The terminology and units in each requirement are scanned, enumerated, categorized, and listed.

Yes, QVscribe is set up to recognize certain terms as ambiguous, but this can be updated within your QVscribe configurations to fit your team’s needs.

QVscribe currently interfaces with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, Polarion, DOORS Next, and Jama.

QVscribe is able to extract and analyze requirements from all rquirements management tools. Connect with us and we can show you how.

Users can open PDF documents in Microsoft Word or Excel and analyze them there.

At this time, QVscribe is only available on Microsoft for Windows 10 Operating System.

QVscribe is an Add-in (plugin) for Microsoft Office with the following prerequisites for installation:

  • Microsoft Windows version 10
  • Microsoft Office version 2013 or higher
  • Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime, and Visual C++ 2010 Runtime

Note: The installer will automatically determine if these Runtime Environments are present in your system, and if necessary, it will ask to automatically download and install them prior to the QVscribe installation.

The QVscribe for Teams server application uses Microsoft Active Directory for user management. The only personal information accessed by QVscribe is the users’ credentials in Active Directory. These are used to manage licenses, but the personal information is not accessible on the local workstations and is not communicated back to QRA.

The application to be installed on the individual workstations will access .csv, .xlsx, or .docx requirements documents.

Requirements that are written using MS Word and MS Excel can also be analyzed. QVscribe’s analysis runs entirely on the local workstation and the results are displayed within MS Word and MS Excel. QVscribe reads and analyzes the documents but does not store, change, or transmit any data.

QVscribe is an Add-in (extension) for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge with the following prerequisites for installation:

Microsoft Windows version 10, 64 bit

Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge 90 or Greater

4 GB and above RAM

Currently, QVscribe supports DOORS 6 and above versions.