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Visual Paradigm is a world-wide leading award-winning enterprise management and software development suite, which provides all the features you needs for enterprise architecture, project management, software development and team collaboration in a one-shop-stop solution.

Guide-through and Just-in-Time Process

  • Guide-through and Just-in-Time process
    The TOGAF® ADM Process Navigator. It covers the nine ADM phases.
  • TOGAF ADM Phase B
    Activities of an ADM phase. Each phase contains a set of activities required to perform in order to produce the corresponding deliverables.
  • Form filling deliverable composer
    Some activities require you to fill-in forms in order to produce deliverable.
  • Gap Analysis
    Gap Analysis with ArchiMate. Look at the bottom right. It's a color legend that enables you to effective apply color code to elements in diagram.
  • Organizational Model for Enterprise deliverable
    Generate TOGAF® ADM deliverable once your've completed the activities.
  • Architecture Repository
    Architecture Repository is where deliverables being archived. While deliverables are automatically archived, you can also put a file into a drawer (in the Architecture Repository) manually.
  • Project Management lifecycle
    The Project Management Lifecycle. There are five phases in total.
  • The Identification phase of Project Management lifecycle
    The activities involved in the Identification phase.
  • Work Breakdown Structure in Project Management
    The use of Work Breakdown Structure in scope definition in Project Management.
  • Just-in-Time TOGAF ADM
    Just-in-Time process template for TOGAF® ADM.
  • Just-in-Time PMBOK
    Just-in-Time process template for PMBOK.

Challenges

  • Need a lot of resources, investment, expertise and training to get a project started.
  • IT initiatives often mis-aligned with business strategies or even not adding any value to the business in the end.
  • Communication breakdown among stakeholders from different domains and disciplines
  • Standards, best practices and tools supported for enterprise architecture, project management and agile process are not integrated, resulting in separate and inefficient development platform silos.
  • Deliverable-based Process often involved many manual procedures which is tedious and time consuming.
  • Most of the software are inflexible and try to provide one-size-fits-all solution.

Our Solutions

  • Visual Paradigm's Guide-through process embeds instructions, input references and samples for performing the steps with the necessary tools bundled. Your team can kick-start EA and project management project with ease, regardless of your team's size.
  • Start your EA and project management with well established and widely used open standards and templates such as TOGAF, or PMBOK® that ensure the IT initiatives are aligned with your business vision, goals and strategies.
  • Visual Paradigm provides a collaborative and automated environment for you to manage stakeholders, assignment and scheduling of tasks with PERT chart, generating report with Just-in-Time Doc. Composer and archive completed deliverables automatically to the Documentation Cabinet.
  • Seamlessly integrate different standards, frameworks and processes. Your team can select any combination of them to fit your case.
  • Fully automated step-by-step guide-through approach together with the project progress indicator, telling you where you are, and what will be done next without any hassle.
  • Whether you want to follow standard processes or tailor-made you own or design completely new process, our Just-in-Time process lets you either adopt suitable templates, juggle work items around for minor touching-up the processes with work items, or design a completely new process from scratch.

Agile Software Development

Agile approach gain more and more attention in software industry, however there are many problems encountered during the adoption of an agile approach:

  • User Story Map
    Overview, relate and break-down complex software requirements into manageable user activities, user tasks and epics and subsequently to user stories.
  • Epics and User Story screen
    Oversee the user stories of the entire product. Create, prioritize and re-locate user stories on-the-fly.
  • Affinity Table
    Estimating user story both in story points and hours at the same time.
  • Scrum sprint board
    Edit, prioritize, label user stories with easy drag & drop GUI. Manage and organize stories with multiple sprints and epics.
  • Sprint task board
    Keep an eye on the project's progress. View and update the progress of stories by drag-and-drop around the columns.
  • Gantt Chart support
    See the start and end dates of tasks, their inter-dependencies and progresses, make adjustment to their duration on-the-fly in the Gantt Chart tool.
  • User Story statements
    Write user story statements under an Epic, and have user stories generated automatically.

Challenges

  • Regulated project and requirements.
  • Enterprise-scale project consists of multiple virtual teams around the globe.
  • Prioritize project portfolio into a collection of programs and subsequently developed and managed by different agile teams.
  • Manually plan, manage and update various backlogs, sprint tasks and communication for remote teams is quite tedious and time consuming.
  • Track the progress of sprints, update and summarize various statuses with whiteboard could be inefficient and time-wasting, and the information is often inconsistent and out of sync.

Our Solutions

  • Seamlessly receive user features from EA or Project Management process which can adequately address various enterprise issues including governance and standard compliance.
  • Task manager allows remote teams develop projects in parallel and manage tasks and multiple sprints effectively. It puts agile process live which can be accessed through desktop and over the cloud.
  • Fully automated agile process for product backlog grooming such as, decompose user activities into user tasks and epics, all in one page. You can further break down epics into a set of related user stories.
  • Make story estimate process transparent to promote fair and open policy, perform affinity estimation for user stories in terms of size and technology complexities. Perform spike investigation in the initial development stage.
  • Prioritize user stories into sprints and monitor progress with sprint board.
  • Assign task in the sprint board inline and check detailed "My Task" or "project view" by going to the task manager at your own choices.
  • Tasifier provides easy to conceptualized Gantt chart view which is always kept in sync with the list view in Tasifier.
  • In addition, the agile process is integrated with EA and Project Management seamlessly to avoid development silos.

Flexible Process customization and Integrations

Why some people go for agile approach, while the other people prefer to follow a standard process, framework and methodology? Which one should we choose? It really depends on whether the requirements of target system is predictable or not. If the requirements are tended to be predictable, to follow a well-defined process would be fine, or otherwise, if the project has high risk or when upfront requirements are hard to obtain, then an agile approach is more desirable.

Nowadays, requirements tended to be dynamic and might change quickly, and thus, an agile approach with flexible processes should be adopted in just-in-time and just-enough manner. We might need our process to be more agile and able to be customizable from time-to-time for different problems or situations. If this is the case, then it is recommended to use Just-in-Time process. It consists a gallery of work items and forms that allow you to design variant of process templates. You can simply drag & drop work items or forms for the inclusion of exclusion of works into the activities of a process needed to be touched up flexibly just-in-time.

Agile Toolsets

  • Web wireframe
    Draw wireframes for website, desktop applications, Android tablets and phones, iOS tablets and phones.
  • Class Diagram
    Using Class Diagram for the design of an API. With no redundant widgets on the screen, you can design freely in a large diagram editor.
  • UML Sequence Diagram
    Model system behaviors with UML sequence diagram tool. With the use of the Resource Catalog diagram tool, a sequence diagram can be created quickly and effortlessly.
  • Use Case Diagram
    Represent business goals with UML use case diagram.
  • Just-in-Time PMBOK deliverables generation
    Build documents with Doc. Composer.
  • Entity Relationship Diagram
    Design database with Entity Relationship Diagram. Take advantage of features like auto column, inline column editing, auto FK creation, etc.
  • Built-in Task Manager
    Manage software development activities with Tasifier - our task management tool.

Different projects might require to use a specific combination of agile tools, depending on specific situation or the nature of the problem. An agile development environment should also include a rich toolset for developers to flexibly adopt them at their own choices. Visual Paradigm consists of a large set of agile tools to fulfill the needs of the entire software development process for your team. A selected group of major agile tools in Visual Paradigm are listed as following:


"PMBOK" is a trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc. which is registered in the United States and other nations.

"TOGAF" is a trademark of the Open Group, which is registered in the United States and other countries.