Overview of SCOPE 1.9 Features

Published July 2006.

1. Export Reports - SCOPE enables you to send and save any of the tabular or text reports to:

Making it easy to embed SCOPE reports into your management reports or manipulate the data in an EXCEL® spreadsheet.

2. Across Release Reporting – additional tabular and graphical reports that enable you to compare counts across a Release.

You can now easily compare sizes of individual Change Requests within a Release.

3. Automatic Counting of Processes and Data Groups – SCOPE will automatically derive the complexity of a process based on the number of Data Groups and DETs linked to it.

You can now easily import the attributes of your Data Groups from an external source. You can then select which Data Groups are referenced (FTRs) and which DETs are used by the Process. SCOPE then derives the complexity of the linked processes and data groups automatically. This is particularly useful for automatically calculating the number of Data Groups you have linked to your processes.

4. Enhanced Searching and Flagging Capability – SCOPE allows you to select to:

SCOPE has advanced reporting features that can be applied selectively to flagged functions. The capability to ‘automate’ the flagging means that you can select functions for reporting or to be linked to another node with a minimum of key strokes. The highlighting of all functions impacted within this Release allows you to see the effect of all the Change Requests that have been applied within this Release period.

The ability to Link just to Flagged nodes facilitates linking between trees. E.g. search for “Customer” on the Process tree will highlight and Flag all “Customer” related processes, then select the “Customer” Data Group and Link to Flagged Nodes. You can choose to link as Update or Read Only.

5. Clone Links - You can now select to copy only the links on a source node and paste the links to a target node and optionally to all of its descendents.

This feature speeds up your documentation by cloning the links you have previously created on a node to be copied and assigned to any other nodes and/or their children.

6. Set Links for Data Groups – You can now select to link to a set of dependents and choose whether the link access type is Read Only or Update. SCOPE also allows you to select to leave existing links or overwrite.

This feature speeds up linking of Processes to Data Groups particularly when you want to document how the DETs and FTRs are accessed.

7. Cursor position ‘jumps’ to last inserted node – When positioned at a parent node and inserting a child node, the cursor will focus on the child node enabling immediate editing of the name.

This feature speeds up data entry enabling immediate editing of the last inserted node.

8. SCOPE retains name of last inserted node – When inserting a node under any tree, SCOPE retains the name of the last tree node entered and allows you to then modify the name. (You can optionally toggle this feature on or off via View/Preferences/Auto Fill Name”)

This feature speeds up data entry of nodes with similar names

9. Report Comments in Descriptions saved – SCOPE saves your customised text in the report description in a drop down list so you can reuse it for multiple reports.

This feature speeds up the customisation of your report headings, enabling you to record specific comments on a set of reports.

10. Set defaults for data entry of Function and Data Nodes – SCOPE previously defaulted the inserted processes to the industry default values of ‘Average complexity Inputs’ and the inserted data groups to ‘Low complexity of an undefined type’. You can now select your own defaults for Type and Complexity under “View /Preferences

This feature speeds up data entry of similar nodes eg. A long list of high complexity reports can be entered by just pressing the Ins Key..

11. Convert a ‘RET to a Data Group’ and a ‘Data Group to a RET’ – SCOPE allows you to correct any errors in data entry by allowing you to convert an incorrectly grouped Data Group to a RET and vice versa.

This feature enables you to easily correct your counts when you have grouped your RETS and Data Groups incorrectly. It is particularly useful when you import a list of physical tables with their attributes from EXCEL® and you want to regroup them into FTRs and RETs.

12. User Preferences to select defaults – SCOPE allows you to save time counting by setting the default for the following options when you select to Insert a new node:

13. Speeded up display - SCOPE has significantly speeded up any functions that require searching and displaying the hierarchy. Remember to select to turn off the Dynamic FP Calculation to make SCOPE work even faster (see View – Options under main menu).

14. Autofill Name Inserts- SCOPE will autofill the name of a new node with the name last used for that type of node. This speeds up documenting your count when you have consecutive nodes with similar names. To use this feature select Autofill Name under View - Preferences.