I work in a software development company. We develop with Fixed Price contracts, thus there's a lot of BDUF (Big design up front). During the initial/planning phase, we create very big monolithic technical scope documents in MSWord and get approval/signature from the customer on it. Then, during development, we refer to these documents: e.g.: "as per page XX",or "as per section XX", in our work in JIRA tickets. Change requests cause a new version of the specification to be re-created from the MSWord and the modified section or appendix at the end is re-signed. Our customers always need to sign something, they prefer it this way.
I wonder if you can help with the following please:
- Is there a way to type the scope in a more granular manner directly in JIRA (e.g.: one functionality per JIRA) and automatically generate a big document to be "signed"?
- Would it be possible somehow to track modifications in the JIRA after the signed version was done?
- Would you use a different tool to type these specifications? E.g.: a tool that somehow integrates into JIRA and you have the scope in there already in a granular manner?
This would force the writers to write the scope in more concise and self-contained manners (and all the scope would be in JIRA facilitating communication). Please note that typing the scope in MSWord and then moving it into JIRA is also an option, but a lot of re-work (~100 pages of it), thus I am looking for a solution where I need to write this only once.
Any help is appreciated.