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What's New in 14.1

Release Date: May 15, 2017

Project Management Lifecycle Guided-through

People are facing great deal of difficulties on Project Management such as steep learning curve and high costs hiring certified professionals. Visual Paradigm's unique lifecycle guide-through process provides all the help and guidance for jumpstarting IT project management with minimal costs.

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Full Project Management Lifecycle Navigator

Overview the entire project management process with Lifecycle Navigator. Drill down into different development phases to manage and collaborate with your team with auto guide-through process. Kickstart your IT projects with the process guide-through approach with no hassle!

Full Project Management Lifecycle Navigator

Step-by-step action items

From the Overview Navigator, you can drill-down to each of the activities, and each activity is, in turn, broken down into smaller, manageable steps for performing what requiring to be completed, such as, information gathering, basic studies and deliverable development.

Step-by-step action items

Comprehensive instructions and samples

You can easily find hundreds of references in the topic of Project Management, but that will cost you hours of effort for searching the relevant information to move a step forward! Visual Paradigm provides you with inline, step-by-step guide-through instructions together with samples for each step.

Comprehensive instructions and samples

Form-filling deliverable composer

No need to worry about the deadline anymore! Visual Paradigm's unique guide-through process helps your team perform essential analysis, and gather the essential information for incrementally composing, storing and achieving the deliverables. You now only need follow the guide-through process step-by-step to get things done!

Form-filling deliverable composer

Progress monitoring

The Status of phases, activities and steps will be updated by the Project Progress Indicators as your team move and complete the work from one activities to another, so that you know where exactly you are.

Progress monitoring

Incremental update of project data

Information gathered or deliverables developed will be archived in a configurable virtual cabinet classified under different categories. Relevant deliverables will be automatically embedded as input references for the subsequently development activities as needed, when they need to be refined, touching-up and updating.

Incremental update of project data

Save time and keep your work consistent with data lookup

For data like stakeholders, we let you re-use by retrieving the definition throughout the whole lifecycle, keeping your process data accurate and up-to-date throughout the entire Project Management lifecycle.

Save time and keep your work consistent with data lookup

Project's complexity assessment

There is no one-size-fit-all solution when it comes to Project Management. Knowing your project's complexity helps determine the activities and deliverables to be accomplished. In the Guide-Through process we provide a questionnaire that helps you to determine the project complexity in a systematic way.

Project's complexity assessment

Specialized project schemes that determine process activities and deliverables

Select a management process out of the 4 choices, based on your project's complexity obtained by answering the Project Complexity Questionnaire.

  • Identification Phase
    • Project Proposal
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Project Complexity Assessment
  • Initiation Phase
    • Project Charter
    • Project Complexity Assessment (Revised)
  • Planning Phase
    • Project Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Project Schedule
    • Resource Plan
    • Staffing Plan
    • Budget Plan
    • Project Performance Plan
    • Risk Management Plan
    • Risk Register
    • Change and Configuration Management Plan
    • Procurement Plan
    • Communications Plan
    • Quality and IV&V Plan
  • Execution and Control Phase
    • Status Report
    • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Procurement Documents
    • Procurement Log
    • Risks Register
    • Issues Log
    • Change Control Request
    • Change Request Log
    • User Acceptance Report
  • Closeuot Phase
    • Lessons Learned
    • Project Closeout Report
  • Identification Phase
    • Project Proposal
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Project Complexity Assessment
  • Initiation Phase
    • Project Charter
    • Project Complexity Assessment (Revised)
  • Planning Phase
    • Project Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Project Schedule
    • Budget Plan
    • Project Performance Plan
    • Risk Management Plan
    • Risk Register
    • Change and Configuration Management Plan
    • Procurement Plan
    • Communications Plan
    • Quality and IV&V Plan
  • Execution and Control Phase
    • Status Report
    • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Procurement Documents
    • Procurement Log
    • Risks Register
    • Issues Log
    • User Acceptance Report
  • Closeuot Phase
    • Lessons Learned
    • Project Closeout Report
  • Identification Phase
    • Project Proposal
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Project Complexity Assessment
  • Initiation Phase
    • Project Charter
    • Project Complexity Assessment (Revised)
  • Planning Phase
    • Project Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Project Schedule
    • Budget Plan
    • Project Performance Plan
    • Risk Management Plan
    • Risk Register
    • Procurement Plan
    • Communications Plan
    • Quality and IV&V Plan
  • Execution and Control Phase
    • Status Report
    • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Procurement Documents
    • Procurement Log
    • Risks Register
    • Issues Log
    • User Acceptance Report
  • Closeuot Phase
    • Lessons Learned
    • Project Closeout Report
  • Identification Phase
    • Project Proposal
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Project Complexity Assessment
  • Initiation Phase
    • Project Charter
    • Project Complexity Assessment (Revised)
  • Planning Phase
    • Project Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Project Schedule
  • Execution and Control Phase
    • Status Report
    • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Procurement Documents
    • Procurement Log
  • Closeuot Phase
    • Lessons Learned

Revamped TOGAF® ADM Process Navigator

A complete TOGAF® ADM guide-through process, with the support of work breakdown structure, better data transformation capability and compliance checklists.

Revamped TOGAF<sup>®</sup> ADM Process Navigator
From Preliminary phase, until phase H

From Preliminary phase, until phase H

Now, Visual Paradigm supports the entire TOGAF® ADM cycle, from phase A to H. Depending on your needs, some teams might want to strictly complete the entire process from the Preliminary phase to phrase H (Change Management), while the others might want to complete only the core activities up to phase E.

Identify work packages with Work Breakdown Structure

Identify work packages with Work Breakdown Structure

You can now create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in visualizing the breakdown of project activities and identifying work packages. Work packages will be automatically extracted from the structure. You just need to fill in the definition of work packages in creating a full work package portfolio.

Improved data transformation and model traceability

Improved data transformation and model traceability

Most of the tools in the market provide a tree directory for managing the form filling process but that creates a lot of data inconsistency in copying and updating of data among different deliverables. Visual Paradigm helps you transcribe and transform the relevant information among deliverables automatically for ensuring the information's traceability and consistency.

Comprehensive Compliance Checklists

Comprehensive Compliance Checklists

Periodical reviews the compliance of implementation projects provide a mechanism to ensure that the design and implementation is proceeding as planned as well as in the right track. We have included 8 built-in compliance checklists, with over 170 check items that cover a wide range of typical questions that may be used in conducting compliance reviews for your projects.

Just-in-Time Process Composer

Develop custom processes for your team, no matter the integrated use of EA and project management templates, or any other innovative usages of your own!

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One size doesn't fit all? Now you're the 'process tailor'

Some organizations might have developed a custom process of EA or with a project management in-place, or have the need to integrate several processes to fit their own needs. Moreover, projects with different natures might require some customization in order to remain the agility of an organization. Visual Paradigm's Just-in-Time process composer serves this purpose perfectly for you!

One size doesn't fit all? Now you're the 'process tailor'

Phase driven, team driven, context driven, or whatever you like

Just-in-Time Process Composer can flexibly accommodate most of the development processes, no matter they are phase driven (like Prince2 or PMBOK), team driven (i.e. by members' roles or capabilities), or even deliverables based and etc.

Phase driven, team driven, context driven, or whatever you like

Just in-time and just enough

The design of a Just-in-Time Process need not to be defined completely in up-front. Simply drag in (or remove) more Work Items as your project team moves forward, and depending on your own needs in Just-in-time and Just-enough manner, enabling your team to remain agile, regardless of the size and nature of projects.

Just in-time and just enough
Just-in-Time PMBOK<sup>®</sup> Template

Just-in-Time PMBOK® Template

PMBOK® is one of the most widely used project management framework which involves all the knowledge and best practices you need for managing all kinds of projects. Visual Paradigm bundles a set of out-of-the-box PMBOK® style templates which contains all the forms, instructions and guidelines you need in project management.

40+ PMBOK® pre-defined forms template ready

Just-in-Time Template help you organize a huge stack of forms, analysis techniques and tools into and manageable and easy-assessable way for project management which streamlines your team's development effort and increases the chance of success for your projects. You can build or customize your own processes and work items to fit specific needs when it is necessary.

  • Project Proposal
  • Stakeholder Register
  • Project Management Plan
  • Requirements Management Plan
  • Scope Management Plan
  • Requirements Documentation
  • Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • Project Scope Statement
  • Scope Baseline
  • Schedule Management Plan
  • Activity Attributes
  • Activity List
  • Milestone List
  • Project Schedule Network
  • Activity Resource Requirements
  • Resource Breakdown Resource
  • Activity Duration Estimates
  • Project Calendar
  • Project Schedule
  • Schedule Baseline
  • Cost Management Plan
  • Activity Cost Estimate
  • Cost Baseline
  • Project Funding Requirements
  • Quality Management Plan
  • Process Quality Checklists
  • Product Quality Checklists
  • Quality Metrics
  • Process Management Plan
  • Human Resource Management Plan
  • Communications Management Plan
  • Risk Management Plan
  • Risk Register
  • Change Request
  • Make-or-Buy Decisions
  • Procurement Management Plan
  • Procurement Statement of Work
  • Stakeholder Management Plan
  • Project Status Report
  • Deliverables Status
  • Change Request
  • Project Team Directory
  • Team Performance Assessment
  • Enterprise Environment Factors
  • Procurement Agreement
  • Issue Log
  • Change Request
  • Change Log
  • Earned Value Status Report
  • Lessons Learned

Flexible and configurable

Create, insert new development phases, drag & drop to add or remove work items and forms into project Just-in-Time. Do your work just-enough without force fitting in a particular process. Just-in-Time Process also supports a large collection of forms and work items gallery for your to adopt right away.

Flexible and configurable

Form-based process deliverables

Smart Forms embedded with instructions and samples let your team kick-start a process easily without worrying what need to be done here and there. The information collected in the forms will be consolidated and summarized in nice formatted, and yet customizable process deliverables.

Form-based process deliverables

Deliverables generation

Fill the form and mark it completed, the pre-defined deliverable(s) associated with the form will be automatically generated and archived in the Documentation Cabinet. Perhaps you can touch the Word documents generated for the deliverable(s) or design your own deliverables using the Just-in-Time Doc. Composer

Deliverables generation

Deliverables auto-archiving

Incrementally develop deliverables by completing the forms and work items. Generate deliverables using default deliverables templates or the Just-in-Time Doc. Composer at you own choice. The collaborative work of your team will be automatically classified, versioned, and archived in the Documentation Cabinet.

Deliverables auto-archiving

Just-in-Time TOGAF® Template

In addition to the Guide-Through lifecycle process for TOGAF® ADM, we provide a set of Just-in-Time TOGAF® ADM templates for your team to not only follow through a traditional ADM process, but also to customize processes by your own, or even mix and match with different approaches and standards as you needed.

Just-in-Time TOGAF<sup>®</sup> Template
Preliminary to H, or not

Preliminary to H, or not

Maximize your process flexibility and team's agility with Just-in-Time process. You can omit development phases (e.g. to complete the Preliminary phase and up to phase E), or mix and match with other processes, say, BABOK! All these decisions can be accommodated by the Just-in-Time Process Composer without any hassle.

Self-sufficient work items

Self-sufficient work items

Work Items is a kind of self-sufficient and reusable building block. The scope of a work item is typically a meaningful sequence of work to yield a deliverable or some findings from an analysis, thus enabling your team to work in parallel and maximize your team's productivity.

What about a fusion (say, with PMBOK)?

What about a fusion (say, with PMBOK)?

Integrating two or more processes is sometimes necessary, for example, EA for architecture development shall be linked with project management process seamlessly when it enters the implementation cycle, and as well as, later on to software development, otherwise, the teams will work in different silos, creating a lot of communication problems. Just-in-Time Process allows the integration of different work items into a single, unified customized process.

Form-based process deliverables

Form-based process deliverables

Smart Forms embedded with instructions and samples let your team kick-start a process easily without worrying what need to be done here and there. The information collected in the forms will be consolidated and summarized in nice formatted, and yet customizable process deliverables.

Deliverables generation

Deliverables generation

Fill the form and mark it completed, the pre-defined deliverable(s) associated with the form will be automatically generated and archived in the Documentation Cabinet. Perhaps you can touch the Word documents generated for the deliverable(s) or design your own deliverables using the Just-in-Time Doc. Composer

Deliverables auto-archiving

Deliverables auto-archiving

Incrementally develop deliverables by completing the forms and work items. Generate deliverables using default deliverables templates or the Just-in-Time Doc. Composer at you own choice. The collaborative work of your team will be automatically classified, versioned, and archived in the Documentation Cabinet.

Just-in-Time Project Management

Just-in-Time Project Management

PMO often find difficulty to formulate project templates and processes which can cater for wide variety of projects and situations. Visual Paradigm bundles a set of best-of-the breed project management templates as a starting point for PM professionals to work with.

Customizable Project Management Lifecycle

The 4 out-of-the-box template solutions provides maximum coverages for different projects, but yet you are allowed to customize and enhance it by adding and removing some of the work items at your choice.

Customizable Project Management Lifecycle

Support of four levels of process complexity

Establish an e-PMO has never been easier with Just-in-Time Project Management, which contains of 4 templates for different levels of project complexities.

  • Identification Phase
    • Project Proposal
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Project Complexity Assessment
  • Initiation Phase
    • Project Charter
    • Project Complexity Assessment (Revised)
  • Planning Phase
    • Project Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Project Schedule
    • Resource Plan
    • Staffing Plan
    • Budget Plan
    • Project Performance Plan
    • Risk Management Plan
    • Risk Register
    • Change and Configuration Management Plan
    • Procurement Plan
    • Communications Plan
    • Quality and IV&V Plan
  • Execution and Control Phase
    • Status Report
    • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Procurement Documents
    • Procurement Log
    • Risks Register
    • Issues Log
    • Change Control Request
    • Change Request Log
    • User Acceptance Report
  • Closeout Phase
    • Lessons Learned
    • Project Closeout Report
  • Identification Phase
    • Project Proposal
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Project Complexity Assessment
  • Initiation Phase
    • Project Charter
    • Project Complexity Assessment (Revised)
  • Planning Phase
    • Project Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Project Schedule
    • Budget Plan
    • Project Performance Plan
    • Risk Management Plan
    • Risk Register
    • Change and Configuration Management Plan
    • Procurement Plan
    • Communications Plan
    • Quality and IV&V Plan
  • Execution and Control Phase
    • Status Report
    • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Procurement Documents
    • Procurement Log
    • Risks Register
    • Issues Log
    • User Acceptance Report
  • Closeout Phase
    • Lessons Learned
    • Project Closeout Report
  • Identification Phase
    • Project Proposal
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Project Complexity Assessment
  • Initiation Phase
    • Project Charter
    • Project Complexity Assessment (Revised)
  • Planning Phase
    • Project Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Project Schedule
    • Budget Plan
    • Project Performance Plan
    • Risk Management Plan
    • Risk Register
    • Procurement Plan
    • Communications Plan
    • Quality and IV&V Plan
  • Execution and Control Phase
    • Status Report
    • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Procurement Documents
    • Procurement Log
    • Risks Register
    • Issues Log
    • User Acceptance Report
  • Closeout Phase
    • Lessons Learned
    • Project Closeout Report
  • Identification Phase
    • Project Proposal
    • Cost Benefit Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Project Complexity Assessment
  • Initiation Phase
    • Project Charter
    • Project Complexity Assessment (Revised)
  • Planning Phase
    • Project Plan
    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • Project Schedule
  • Execution and Control Phase
    • Status Report
    • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting Minutes
    • Procurement Documents
    • Procurement Log
  • Closeout Phase
    • Lessons Learned

Agile User Story Map

Use Story Map to organize large collection of user stories with ease. Now you can overview, relate and break-down complex software features into manageable user activities, user tasks and epics and subsequently to user stories, synchronizing with multiple sprints for team collaborations.

Agile User Story Map
Story Map - Complex product backlog accommodated

Story Map - Complex product backlog accommodated

No matter the requirements are identified from use case approach, as-is / to be business process, Work Break structure or PERT Chart, just send them to the story map backlog for gearing up with our automated agile development process, instantly maximizing your team's productivity.

Sending Multiple Sources of Requirement to Backlog

Sending Multiple Sources of Requirement to Backlog

Identify requirements from different sources using wide variety of diagrams and send them to the story map backlog within the diagrams where you are working with, enforcing the traceability among software models, regardless of what source diagram where they were sending from.

It's agile

It's agile

Flexibly receives different requirements into Story map backlog for classifying, prioritize, estimating and reducing risks with spike identification for multiple team development. Story map provides a complex overview and flexible linkage for the entire agile process.

Effort and risk assessment with Affinity Table

Effort and risk assessment with Affinity Table

Estimating user story both in story points and hours at the same time, clear project spike and deal with technology risks in Sprint iteration 0. Seamlessly integrated with story map, and scrum and sprint process

Story point estimation

Story point estimation

Determine sprint duration, and then drag & drop user stories to the Affinity Table for calculating the estimation instantly. Collaborate and discuss with your team for an agreeable scheme. View the story estimation real-time as you drag the stories along the Affinity Table. Make the estimation process transplant and enjoyable!

Scrum sprint board

Scrum sprint board

Edit, prioritize, label user stories with easy by drag & drop GUI. Manage and organize stories with epics and assignment them to multiple active sprints Synchronize stories with story map and task manager in real-time.

Multiple working sprints

Multiple working sprints

Visual Paradigm now supports multiple sprints for parallel team software development within the same project, making team collaboration much more efficient and scalable.

Sprint Task Board

Sprint Task Board

Keep an eye on the project's progress. Sprint Task Board consists of a big board with user stories placed in different columns representing the phased processes. You can view and update the progress of stories by drag-and-drop.

Derive tasks (task management) from sprint

Derive tasks (task management) from sprint

User stories can be identified in Story Map, or alternatively be created ad-hoc within a sprint. You can assign who is responsible for what stories within the sprint and synchronize the entire sprint to Task Manager without leaving the sprint interface.

Gantt Chart Support

Gantt Chart Support

Visualize the progress of supporting a user story with a Gantt Chart. 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

User Story Statements

A user story represents a small piece of business value that a team can deliver in an iteration. User story statements contain a list of simple description of a feature told from the perspective of the person (user or customer) who desires the new capability with a good reason behind it. You can write user story statements under an Epic, and have user stories generated automatically.

Visual modeling - on-the-WEB

Diagrams available online is launched since 14.1. The first batch of web supported diagrams will be ArchiMate, BPMN, PERT and a few more others, and the rest of the diagram types currently available in the Desktop version will all be made available soon in the coming few releases.

Visual modeling - on-the-WEB

ArchiMate

Flow Chart

Business Concept Diagram

BPD

PERT Chart

AWS Diagram

Cause and Effect Diagram

Cause and Effect Diagram

Also known as a Fishbone Diagram, the Cause and Effect diagram represents the causes of a specific event, which is frequently used in quality defect prevention. Causes are usually grouped into major categories to identify the sources of variation.

Breakdown Structure Diagram

Visualize the hierarchical decomposition of project elements with a breakdown structure diagram. Typical use cases of Breakdown Structure include Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Resource Breakdown Structure and Solution Breakdown Structure.

Breakdown Structure Diagram

Enhanced PERT Chart

In addition to the functions of an ordinary PERT Chart, the Enhanced PERT Chart tool embedded four major features for integrating with different processes with the Task Manager - Tasifier

Enhanced PERT Chart
Selection of Responsible person

Selection of Responsible person

Retrieve the member list from VPository / VP Server. Assign them right in the task shape of a PERT chart, for associating who is responsible for what (task).

Task based RACI assignment

Task based RACI assignment

Depict the detailed roles (Responsible - Accountable - Consulted - Informed) of a particular task.

PERT to Tasifier task synchronization

PERT to Tasifier task synchronization

Once you have finished creating the schedule baseline with the Enhanced PERT Chart, you can synchronize the tasks of the PERT to the task manager. Tasks will be automatically generated, and be assigned to the corresponding members.

RACI in Action

RACI in Action

When a task has been marked completed by a member, the task will flow to the other member who is Accountable / Consult / Information according to the task flow scheme.

Task Management (Tasifier) enhancements

Empowers task management by visualizing the progress of a project with a Gantt chart, and the support of Project View.

Gantt Chart

Visualize the progress of project with a Gantt Chart. 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 and synchronize the result in the task manager

Task Management (Tasifier) enhancements
Project View

Project View

Tasifier shows not only the tasks for individual member who is responsible for them, but also a list of projects and their corresponding task pools and tasks. Project view is useful for overview of what tasks need to be done for each of the projects in the Tasifier.

Customizable data transformation with Model Baggage

Modeling is not just diagramming. It involves model evolving, refinement and traceability. Model baggage is a Visual Paradigm's unique feature for automating model refinement and reusability, making the model transformation process automated, reliable and traceable among models.

Customizable data transformation with Model Baggage

New Diagrams in Professional Edition

In version 14.1, an abundant of stunning features including automated guide-through EA, ITSM and the Just-in-Time Process Composer has made Visual Paradigm Enterprise Edition becoming a unique software platform with abundant of powerful features that are the first time to be seen in the market, and therefore a number of existing Enterprise Edition features will be made available to the Professional Edition to benefit a wider group of users in the Visual Paradigm community.

Business Motivation Model

Enables the identification of factors, which motivate the establishment of the business plans.

Business Motivation Model

Zachman Framework

An enterprise architecture framework that provides a structured way to view, define and specify an enterprise.

Zachman Framework

Migration Roadmap

Represents the time frame of individual sub-projects and any critical project transitions.

Migration Roadmap

Shape and Color Legend Improvements

Several enhancements have been made to the Shape and Color Legend to improve its usability and to improve the consistency of legend definition among diagrams.

Define Shape Legend from existing shape

Define Shape Legend from existing shape

Save time defining shape legend. You can now define a new shape legend based on the shapes of the existing diagram in one click.

Define Color Element from existing shape

Define Color Element from existing shape

Besides shape legend, color legend can also be defined from existing shape, again, just with one click.

Import legends from another diagram

Import legends from another diagram

Want to reuse different legends you already created, or keep diagram style consistent? No problem! Reuse the same legends by importing them from an existing diagrams to where you want it with ease.