Global Auto Manufacturer Realizes the Full Potential of Best-In Class Requirements Management Solution, Blueprint

"Since the integration of Blueprint into our company toolchain, it has become clear that our teams are able to do far more than they could with just HP ALM and Rally."

Sr Solution Manager

Company Profile

This very large auto-manufacturer is a member of the Global 500. Corporations that rank on this list are measured by their revenue. The ranking includes corporations from all over the world.

Company

Global Auto Manufacturer

Industry

Automotive

Number of Employees

Large Enterprise

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"Our Business Analysts have benefited greatly with Blueprint. They no longer spend time doing unnecessary work, instead they are focus on collaborating with various stakeholders to improve solution quality"

Sr Solution Manager

Challenges Faced

Similar to most organizations who deliver software through IT initiatives, this company wants its teams to deliver high-quality software as quickly as possible. This company uses a lot of its resources managing software requirements, so teams can deliver high-quality software. However, this is not easy, and the company has found that:

Teams spend too much time doing busy work

The Application Development team is responsible for developing technical solutions that align with the business requirements. Without a shared requirements tool, teams struggle with coordinating amongst themselves. Business analysts are tasked with consolidating information and then relaying it back to their teams. This process is highly manual and is prone to error.  

Critical stakeholder input is often missed

Without a feature-rich requirements tool to use during review sessions, teams manually capture feedback. They are left to interpret it and update the requirements documentation post-review. Not only does this take time and lead to possible errors, important stakeholder feedback is often missed or misinterpreted, further hindering the goal of high-quality requirements.

Requirements errors aren’t recognized

As a result of lack of resources, the company was challenged with enabling detailed traceability and analysis, leading to requirements defects. Business Analysts are not able to view requirements from multiple perspectives – a practice that helps with mitigating gaps in coverage and quality.

The manufacturer understood that there was a gap within their company and need to find a solution that would enable them to deliver their business requirements effectively and efficiently, as promised.

Choosing Blueprint

Prior to making the switch to Blueprint, the company had been using IBM’s Rational RequisitePro, which became extremely outdated. The organization was looking for a modern requirements management tool that would deliver business value faster through improved requirements, simulation, and test management. After a thorough evaluation process, the company selected Blueprint for the following reasons:

Shared enterprise-grade requirements repository

With a shared, centralized repository of requirements information, teams can directly update requirements and related artifacts easily in the tool. This is particularly useful for capturing feedback during review sessions where misinterpretations can be immediately mitigated by the stakeholders in a session. To accelerate delivery and improve quality, this company has taken advantage of Blueprint’s shared repository which allows requirements to be reused.

Visualization and simulation features

This company has recognized the value of presenting requirements in formats other than textual statements. Blueprint’s visual modeling and simulation capabilities allow teams to easily model use cases and generate simulations for immediate feedback from stakeholders. Visualization improves understanding and boosts collaboration across stakeholder groups, ultimately leading to better results.

Auto-generation of tests

Blueprint enables teams to automatically generate tests from use cases. This helps teams recognize gaps and address issues early. It enables the teams to create integration tests while defining expected behavior in Blueprint – a valuable, time-saving feature in an environment where multiple supplier partners deliver products that must interact seamlessly.

Detailed traceability

Because projects are complex and involve multiple stakeholders, requirements change frequently in their environment. Blueprint’s detailed traceability features allow users to link complex use cases and user stories together. To understand context, the team can associate business rules to simulations. They can trace artifacts from other tools, such as Rally and HP ALM back to requirements within Blueprint. This end-to-end traceability enables them to assess and manage the impacts of change. This is valuable for achieving, maintaining, and demonstrating regulatory compliance.

Template-based document generation

The company needs to be able to share requirements with stakeholders in an easy-to-consume format without them needing to learn how to use Blueprint. Blueprint’s document generation capabilities allow teams to leverage templates that have been tailored to their company standards to generate and export requirements information as Word documents. This allows stakeholders to easily review and provide feedback without having to learn a new tool or alter existing workflows.

Integration with other ALM tools

Blueprint integrates with many other tools to manage the application lifecycle, including Rally and HP ALM – tools the company uses heavily. These bi-directional integrations support traceability across tools, keeping everyone on the same page.

Enterprise-class support and services

Blueprint facilitated a seamless migration of legacy requirements from IBM Rational RequistePro, ensuring that valuable corporate knowledge was not lost during implementation. Blueprint also provides a breadth of e-Learning and classroom training programs, thereby partnering with their team to support adoption across the organization.

Results

The company began piloting Blueprint in 2015 and rolled it out to production in early 2016. There are now approximately 600 users in the solution. Among many benefits, their Blueprint community and the enterprise as a whole have realized:

An Improved Alignment between business-IT

Increased use of visualization has helped business partners who aren’t familiar with use cases better understand and provide feedback on requirements. Simulations have been valuable for sharing a vision and building collaboration. The company uses these capabilities frequently in real time with business stakeholders, which helps them fully engage and feel a sense of ownership in delivered requirements.

Faster delivery of higher-quality use cases

Use cases are a key requirements artifact at this company. Blueprint has helped them accelerate use case delivery and improve their quality and completeness. With Blueprint, they estimate it has diminished the time and effort required to create use cases by 50%. This helps their teams scope projects very quickly and collaboratively to more accurately estimate levels of effort required for delivery.

The ability to make the wisest use of valuable resources

Business analysts no longer spend a lot of time doing unnecessary work. They have more time to collaborate and analyze the business to improve solution quality. Additionally, the ability to track requirements changes allows for greater visibility and improves insight into opportunities for improvement. This maximized the value of their business resources.

Integrated creation of requirements and tests

The company avidly uses Blueprint’s test case auto-generation capabilities. Teams can deliver tests and identify requirements gaps much faster. Blueprint helps close the loop between requirements and tests, keeping them in alignment through the simple process of automatically generating them from use cases.

The benefits of using Blueprint to support Agile and Waterfall

The company uses multiple development and delivery methodologies, including Agile and Waterfall. Blueprint’s ability to manage requirements across projects regardless of methodology is key to their ability to support requirements across the portfolio in an integrated manner.

Moving Forward

With positive results, an enthusiastic internal Blueprint community, and many large projects on the horizon, the organization plans to continue to expand Blueprint’s use, focusing on:

  • Rolling out the tool and training to more Blueprint users

The auto-manufacturer has found Blueprint’s on-demand and classroom training  to have helped business analysts to quickly learn new capabilities to save them significant amounts of time across projects.

  • Increased involvement of business stakeholders in the Blueprint process

Early adopters have introduced Blueprint to their business partners to engage through collaboration to drive alignment. Business analysts, architects, and business IT stakeholders having realized Blueprint’s value would like to continue to integrate its intuitive user interface and powerful capabilities within the organization.

  • More robust use of integrations with other ALM tools in their environment

The company has established integrations with HP ALM and Rally and plans to leverage them more fully moving forward to keep requirements, test in sync, and to track deliverables from the development team.

With Blueprint, the organization was able to realize the full potential of having the best-in-class requirements management solution. The company will continue to reap the benefits of its investment with Blueprint in the forms of accelerated delivery, reduced rework, and improved project outcomes.

For more information on Blueprint and this company’s successful implementation, contact us today at info@blueprintsys.com.

 

 

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