Analysis settings

Introduction

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 four properties:

  • Review
  • Review note
  • Request
  • Request 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 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.

Name
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”.

Description
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.

Icon
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 3 times; the one below has not been used yet. The latter can be deleted without any consequences. When deleting the first, you will lose some data (the 3 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.

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Updated on 12 May 2020

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