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Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer is #1 ranked solution in top Test Design Automation tools, #6 ranked solution in top Application Requirements Management tools, and #9 ranked solution in top Quality Management Tools. PeerSpot users give Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer an average rating of 8 out of 10. Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer is most commonly compared to Tricentis Tosca: Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer vs Tricentis Tosca. Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 81% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 33% of all views.
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What is Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer?
CA Agile Requirements Designer is an end-to-end requirements gathering, test automation and test case design tool which drastically reduces manual testing effort and enables organizations to deliver quality software to market earlier and at less cost. The optimal set of manual or automated tests can be derived automatically from requirements modeled as unambiguous flowcharts and are linked to the right data and expected results. These tests are updated automatically when the requirements change, allowing organizations to deliver quality software which reflects changing user needs.

Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer was previously known as Grid Tools Agile Designer, CA ARD, CA Agile Requirements Designer .

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What users are saying about Broadcom Agile Requirements Designer pricing:
"Recommendation is to go with concurrent licenses as oppose to seat license; this gives more flexibility."

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Lana Rousakovski - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Leader in Software Testing and Process Improvement at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Consultant
Leaderboard
Eliminates requirements gaps early in the development process & make test design process more efficient
Pros and Cons
  • "In terms of meeting business challenges, it helped to shorten the dev/testing cycle by identifying requirements gaps early in the process, by having models shared within the development team. It helped increase test coverage and reduce the number of issues experienced by clients/customers."
  • "The ability to create models/diagrams at multiple levels (nest/embed them) helps in taking models from high-level business requirements and building them into detailed requirements models and test models. Plus, it helps reuse lower level models. It also allows maintaining models at appropriate levels, even for very complex systems/solutions."
  • "Integration with TDM, test data management tool, provides the ability to generate data or use identified (preset or parametrized) test data. It allows significant expansion of test coverage and flexibility, without creating new tests and needing to maintain them."
  • "Integration with automation is one of the reasons we started to consider moving to this tool from our original tool for implementing test modeling. ARD appears to have better integration with Selenium. It also has the ability to record scripts/flows using Selenium Builder and import them into ARD, which will then create and optimize a model based on that."
  • "Needs improvement in aligning models so they look clear and readable without having to move boxes around."
  • "It would help if it would save different subsets of test cases, use cases, etc., of a given diagram, for different purposes and provide an easy way to name those subsets."

What is our primary use case?

Creating models for requirements definition and alignment, starting with high-level requirements definition and expanding models into detailed requirements to test models (manual testing). Also, creating models and analyzing and selecting appropriate test scope/coverage.

How has it helped my organization?

Using the test modeling approach helped  get early alignment on requirements prevent design and implementation defects in earlier development phases if models were used from the start to get everyone’s alignment improve test coverage (with manual and automated testing). In terms of meeting business challenges, it helped to shorten the dev/testing cycle by identifying requirements gaps early in the process, by having models shared within the development team. It helped increase test coverage and reduce the number of issues experienced by clients/customers. It made test design & writing process more efficient. 

What is most valuable?

The ability to create models/diagrams at multiple levels (nest/embed them) helps in taking models from high-level business requirements and building them into detailed requirements models and test models. Plus, it helps reuse lower level models. It also allows maintaining models at appropriate levels, even for very complex systems/solutions. The above features also help to avoid redundancy and use appropriate level models for different levels/phases of testing and/or communicating to different audiences. Integration with TDM, test data management tool, provides the ability to generate data or use identified (preset or parametrized) test data. It allows significant expansion of test coverage and flexibility, without creating new tests and needing to maintain them. Integration with automation is one of the reasons we started to consider moving to this tool from our original tool for implementing test modeling. ARD appears to have better integration with Selenium. It also has the ability to record scripts/flows using Selenium Builder and import them into ARD, which will then create and optimize a model based on that.  Measuring test coverage helps in one of the most challenging tasks. It has logic that can help to select the right set of scenarios and know what coverage it will provide. Handling loops in models was one of the challenges that we came across in our previous tool. ARD seems to have better control and logic over handling loops in models.

What needs improvement?

Aligning models so they look clear and readable without having to move boxes around. Saving different subsets of test cases, use cases, etc., of a given diagram, for different purposes and providing an easy way to name those subsets.
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For how long have I used the solution?

Trial/evaluations only.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Did not use in largescale capacity so I can't provide a sufficient evaluation.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Did not use in largescale capacity so I can't provide a sufficient evaluation. However, when working with very large models (producing 250,000 scenarios), the ARD performed well and was able to provide meaningful options for test selection in short response time

How are customer service and support?

Did not use actual technical support, but pre-sales engineering support has been outstanding.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used another test modeling solution. ARD has better integration with automated test scripting and with test data management. We also switched to it because we were looking for ways to make testing more effective and more efficient; reduce defect leakage.

How was the initial setup?

For the standalone option it was easy, since we are familiar with modeling approaches, in general. For the repository option and connection to other tools, it required more work (as any integration would).

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Recommendation is to go with concurrent licenses as oppose to seat license; this gives more flexibility.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

ADPART from Cognizant and Eggplant AI, part of Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence suite from TestPlant.

What other advice do I have?

It is important to ensure that people first understand modeling concepts and the organization's defined modeling best practices before jumping into tool implementation. It is critical to get management support, as for some people test modeling is a very new way of thinking and they would find many reasons to push back.  Check CA's videos on modeling available on CA's Youtube channel, before starting to implement the tool itself.
Disclosure: PeerSpot contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
ANGAD SHUKLA - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Insights & Analytics Solution Architect at BT - British Telecom
MSP
Top 5Leaderboard
User-friendly with great UI but could offer an easier setup
Pros and Cons
  • "The support that we get from Broadcom is great."
  • "The solution could improve security and authentication."

What is our primary use case?

We have a lot of quality assurance projects which are running. We normally validate the requirements and make sure the requirement scoping or the requirement validations are being done properly. We put the requirement breakdown and requirement scoping into Agile Requirements Designer (ARD). We plan our test cases so that the business user community can actually log into the ARD tool for their project and validate their requirements to see if they have passed the set of quality controls or not.

What is most valuable?

We are satisfied with the solution. 

I can't speak to a particular feature, however, in terms of the way the UI and the response of the tool are set up, including the hierarchy breakdown of the requirements and how they appear on the tool is great. I like how we could navigate from one breakdown to another. It makes the solution very user-friendly which is the main USP of the tool.

With the way we are using the Broadcom ARD tool, the solution provides us with everything we need. 

The support that we get from Broadcom is great. 

The product scales well.

We have found the solution to be stable. 

What needs improvement?

At this moment, I can't think of any feedback which would need action. We've very happy with the product. 

We struggled a bit with the initial setup. It could be easier. 

The solution could improve security and authentication. There are security protocols from SHA level one to SHA level two there's the encryption format as well, 128-bit encryption to 256-bit encryption of the data. This is a new trend that is happening right now. From the communication level and the security level, Broadcom needs to enhance its offering

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using the solution for more than a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is perfect. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

As a solution, it's scalable. We are handling a lot of projects via ARD at this moment, I'm taking in a lot of applications. So far, so good.

How are customer service and support?

Technical support has been good overall. They are helpful and responsive. We are happy with their level of service. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously just using Excel. We were maintaining all the details there and via a tool called Micro Focus ALM. We used to actually own that tool. We used to put all our requirement details into Micro Focus ALM and then switch over from Micro Focus ALM to Jira. We were looking for a tool where we could actually maintain or manage requirements all in one place.

How was the initial setup?

Initially, we struggled with the solution. We didn't just use ARD. We were using a lot of tools from Broadcom. Due to this, initially, there were hiccups in terms of how we would be deploying the tool into the on-premise environment, et cetera. Gradually there was very positive support from Broadcom and the Broadcom team as well. It all sorted out well. 

From the company level, we had to make sure that the tool process, all the architectural conformance checks, and integration of security were in place. Those sort of checks we normally do internally before deploying any new tools. All of this took time. That was not the fault of Broadcom. It was just the process side from our end that went long. 

What about the implementation team?

Broadcom did get involved with the setup process when we ran into some issues. They were helpful. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I'm not involved in the pricing. I'm more from the architect level and handle the product from a technical perspective. I can't speak to licensing costs. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate anything beforehand. We already had a kind of relationship with Broadcom and, in one of the workshops, they came out with this particular offering. 

What other advice do I have?

We're a Broadcom partner. 

I'd rate the solution at a seven out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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