Gatherspace.com has upgraded its requirements management
software, adding major new functionality including
requirements traceability, use case modeling and improved
Although the term may be unfamiliar to many, requirements
management software has been around for years and performs a
critical role in the early planning stages of a new software
project. After the scope and purpose of a project is defined,
requirements management software is used during the design and
analysis phase to spell out the project’s specifications and
their relationship to what the software will do and how.
Essentially, it creates a blueprint for design, imposes a
structure based on best practices, and includes a single
document repository to facilitate collaboration and track
revisions. Requirements management software also helps
companies organize and delegate work efficiently and track
progress against project milestones; it is used by software
developers, business analysts and project managers.
A year after Darren Levy and several others formed Levy
Consultants in Santa Monica, Calif., in the spring of 2004,
they realized they needed a simple and inexpensive
requirements management application in order to service their
clients. But the available applications were all complicated
and costly to license and required complex implementations and
lengthy training, Levy says. So Levy and his colleagues filled
the void themselves and launched Gatherspace software in June
2005, marketing the software on demand for an affordable
monthly fee. Now Gatherspace.com has upgraded the application,
adding a “use case” window where users can obtain a
step-by-step explanation of how a specific function works. The
upgrade also includes a traceability feature that enables
users to trace features back to the application specifications
that created them and vice versa.
Finally, the new version includes use case modeling,
enabling developers to create a software model based on
specified requirements, and offers better sorting and
filtering for slicing and dicing data in multiple ways, Levy
Gatherspace’s competitive differentiator is that it’s
available on demand at a very low price point; it’s also use
case-centric and is very easy to use, according to Levy.
“Other packages are complex and require a big investment in
time and money,” Levy says. “People like Gatherspace because
they get it up and running in minutes. It’s very
Competitors include Rally Software Development and IBM
RequisitePro. Customers include the U.S. Department of
Transportation, the Georgia Farm Bureau and a growing number
The cost for the business edition (20 users) of Gatherspace
is $75 per month with a 12-month commitment.
For more information, go to: http://www.gatherspace.com/.