What Is SoDA?
Chapter 8 - Communicating Project Status
Microsoft Word starts and automatically opens two blank documents, the second of
which contains an additional SoDA menu. But first:
If you see a warning about enabling macros, make sure that you click
. Otherwise, you cannot use SoDA.
If you do not see this warning, go to Tools > Macro > Security. The Security dialog
box opens. On the Security Level tab, make sure that your macro security level is
set to either Medium or Low. Otherwise, you cannot use SoDA. After you finish the
exercises in this chapter, you can reset your macro security level to a higher
Managing Project Status
Rational ProjectConsole and Rational SoDA provide tool support for managing
What Is SoDA?
SoDA automates software documentation, like status reports. It is tightly integrated
with many Rational tools so you can easily extract information to report on
requirements, designs, tests, and defect status. For example, you can use SoDA to
Versioning information with ClearCase LT
Reported defects with ClearQuest
Requirements with RequisitePro
Visual models and designs with Rose
Test scripts with TestManager
Information extracted from other documents created in the Windows environment
Information extracted from multiple Rational tools and other information sources
into a single, integrated document.
Using SoDA Templates
To generate reports and other documents, SoDA relies on a predefined template for
Word. The template gathers information and formats it into a report.
To add information manually to SoDA reports and documents, you simply use the
Microsoft Word or FrameMaker interface and add your text before you generate the
report or document. SoDA preserves your text through subsequent cycles of
generating the report or document.