Analysis settings


BriefBuilder comes with a standard set of analysis columns, but you can easily adjust these to your liking. This can be done in the analysis settings which can be found at the bottom of the navigation bar.

Click on standard properties and you will get to the menu where you can add and modify the standard properties for analysis.

Each standard property can be understood as a column in the analysis table. For example: in the image below, you see two properties:

  • Review
  • Review note
Properties for analysis, as they can be defined in the settings menu

Each of these properties corresponds with a analysis column on the detail view of objects and in the analysis table. See below.

Properties for analysis, as they are shown in the analysis table

Adding properties

You can add standard properties by clicking on add standard property at bottom of the table.

This button can be found on the lower left side

Next, you can define a number of attributes for each property. For the purpose of analysis only the following attributes are relevant.

This is the name that will be used as a header for the column that you are creating. Keep it short and simple. Could be something like “Requires attention (yes/no)” or “Review outcome”.

This can be some explanatory words about the property. Not as relevant for analysis as it is for requirements.

Input type
With the input type you can define the format of values that are allowed. For analysis, the following input types are most relevant:

  • Text: for allowing users to add notes/text.
  • User: for making it possible assign the requirement to particular users because it concerns their expertise.
  • Picklist: for defining a fixed list of values to choose from. Once you have added a value you can also assign a color to it. For example the value ‘yes’ could be green and the value ‘no’ could be red. You are also able to add a description for every individual picklist option.

This icon will be shown when using analysis on the detail-view of the requirement. It is used as a visual representation of the Name part of the standard property.

Note: in some projects, the analysis fields are used for jotting in all kinds of additional information (for example about possible design solutions). That is obviously fine, but the recommendation is to keep your model simple and not add too many columns.

Removing properties

To remove a standard property, click on the icon on the right side of the table.

A pop-up will then be shown.

Now click on Delete to permanently delete the standard property.

Please note: when you deleting a standard property, you are also deleting all the values that are attached to it. To figure out whether a property has been used in the model, check out the Used column which show the number of times a property has been used in the model. See image below.

In this example, the upper property has been used 4 times; When deleting this property, you will lose data (the 4 instances where this property has been used)

Changing the sequence

It can be that you want to change the order of the columns (and thus the order of the columns in your analysis table). To do so, you have to use the icon at the right side of the table. If you click and hold it you can drag a standard property up or down.

Click on the arrow icon and hold it to move a property up or down

Importing analysis properties from another project

It can be that you have a good set of analysis properties in another project or library model that you want to use in your project as well.

In that case, you can choose to import these properties. This can be done via the import property block button () at the top of the settings page (see image below).

When doing the import, the software checks whether there are properties in the source model and the target model that have the same name.

If that is the case—and if these properties are already in use in your model—none of your property attributes (description, input type, …) will be overwritten. This is to avoid changes to existing data.

But when properties have not yet been used in your model, you will get all the property attributes from the model from which you are doing the import.

Note: if property names are different (e.g. Risk assessment in one model and Risk factor in the other), you will get two analysis properties that say something about risk, which may not be your intention. It is therefore recommended that you take a close look at the property names in the both the source and the target model before you do the import. This to avoid unwanted duplicate properties.

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