Project Management with Processes and Methods

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Secret to success no. 1
Process- and method-based project management

Project content tends to vary – processes within project management do not. Processes allow you to realize requirements, implement new ideas or work through tickets. They define milestones and allocate work packages. They let you write documents, plan many parallel projects and capture times. Some people call it workflow, lifecycle management or collaboration – we call it process- and method-based project management.

The components of a process are dependent on whether or not they are active in a controlled environment like aviation, rail services, the auto industry or in medicine, whether you are carrying out IT software development or product development for embedded systems. The processes you use and the areas, roles and tasks you support are up to you. Use your own method for capturing project risks and work with a company-wide process for project planning and project controlling. Use standards like the V model XT, HERMES and PRINCE2 or follow maturity models like automotive SPICE. Always go for the process that fits ideally with your project. Concentrate on the content, not the processes. Leave those up to in-STEP BLUE.

  • Unity and efficiency through processes and methods
  • Established standards like the V model XT, PRINCE2 or automotive SPICE
  • Data capture made easy with forms
  • Combined infrastructure for all projects and areas
  • Practical staff support instead of theoretical process descriptions
  • Constant updates through user activity

Secret to success no. 2
in-STEP BLUE’s adaptability

If you had the choice, would you prefer project management software that you need to adapt to or one that adapts to you? Well, that’s one of in-STEP BLUE’s strengths. You don’t need to adjust to the software, it will adapt to you.

With in-STEP BLUE you are ready to go right from the beginning. You can use a standardized process model, use templates to capture ideas or project requests, derive test cases directly from requirements, access pre-defined evaluations and document templates—just go right ahead and start. And if you want to capture new properties with change requests, or send automatic messages with new tickets, or define workflows for documents or your own company standards—that is all possible with in-STEP BLUE. in-STEP BLUE users have grown to love this adaptability component.

  • Working with your own processes, methods and templates
  • Defining requests, views, rights and roles
  • Connecting present tools with many intersections
  • Importing and exporting files at the click of a mouse
  • Setting actions and automatic functions

in-STEP BLUE – The Project Management Software

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From project planning through to a successful execution.

Projects have all sorts of facets. The project management software in-STEP BLUE constantly supports you within a shared environment for your whole team. With in-STEP BLUE you can plan and manage your projects with a single tool. You can also use your processes to structure your projects and work traceably. The software allows you to manage your results, requirements, changes, risks, test cases, reviews and all documents from the project idea through to its conclusion. Keep your content and projects on track with in-STEP BLUE.

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Manage all your projects simultaneously

Multi-project management is quite common now in the world of IT projects. More projects mean increased complexity for everyone concerned: the more projects you carry out at the same time, the greater the need for coordination and the likelier resource conflicts become. Larger projects are also more difficult to prioritize and face problems in the organization of individual tasks. With the project management software in-STEP BLUE you can keep your project portfolio under control at all times. You can create results and reports with the click of a mouse, see progress indicators and use up-to-date information for your decisions.

Multi-projektmanagement with in-STEP-BLUE

Integrating project management with requirements management

Requirements management is the basis for successful projects. Managing requirements entails constantly knowing which requirements are present at any point in time, knowing how they differ from each other and keeping abreast of whether project plans can still be met. Project management and requirements management are integrated within in-STEP BLUE enabling you to trace the execution of the requirements throughout the entire project for your stakeholders. The software makes it easy to identify how much time and energy was spent in your projects and it lets you know how far along you are in the process.

Planning and controlling projects with requirements >>

Changes are a normal part of every project

Running a project in the set time with a specified amount of effort always requires a structured conception of how you plan to deal with changes. That’s why change management has been integrated into the project management system within in-STEP BLUE. In using the software you can track changes with the help of forms. You can also set priorities and plan your workload. Impact analyses help you to trace the effects of individual requirements as well as for the entire project. Freely definable evaluations form the foundation for decisions and make good communication with your clients possible.

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Documenting your results with the click of a mouse

A project and its results are constantly subject to changes and developments. But how do you document these changes while creating documents like requirements specifications, risk lists and status reports? With the project management software in-STEP BLUE, that’s how. Use structured templates to automatically generate cover pages, tables of content and change logs. You can determine what information appears in your documents and you can define the form and layout in which it is presented. You can choose between using your own templates or customizing one of ours. And best of all: you can share the documents within your whole team.

Document management in in-STEP-BLUE

Skills, availability and workloads

Who can perform particular tasks in a project? Are enough staff members available?  The resource management system in in-STEP BLUE “knows” all of the staff members in your organization as well as their availability. With in-STEP BLUE you can address competing demands on your staff’s time across several projects, allowing your project leader to distribute work packages. You can see at a glance if a staff member has spare capacity or if she needs extra support. The delegation of projects can be done easily via the drag & drop function. This makes work easier for your staff members too because they can also immediately identify at a glance which projects have been assigned to them and what tasks still need to be done. It’s simple and easy to understand.

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Ressourcenmanagement with in-STEP-BLUE

A structured approach to risk management

Risk management with in-STEP-BLUE

Risk management often gets neglected in projects. But that does not mean the risks cease to exist. With in-STEP BLUE you are able to calculate the risks from the very beginning. You can classify, categorize, control and prioritize them using the system. You can also respond when changes in the projects lead to new risks and can communicate with interested parties about the status of those risks. Take steps towards risk avoidance, risk minimization, risk shifting or risk tolerance and keep an eye on your project to guarantee sustainable success.

Risk management and project management integrated  >>

Planning and carrying out tests

in-STEP BLUE also supports many clients in their test management. Create test cases and define system tests in the context of your test specification. With in-STEP BLUE test cases can easily be captured with the help of forms. Results can be managed in an audit friendly environment. Do you often conduct your test at your client’s offices or in a lab? Then export the test results to MS Excel. Afterwards you can import the test log into in-STEP BLUE where the results will automatically be allocated to test cases. Even trends in the development of test runs can be depicted in a diagram in MS Excel, giving you a quick overview.

Keeping track of your versions

With version management in in-STEP BLUE you can manage many documents, requirements, test cases and risks in an audit safe manner. You can do so either centrally or in your projects. All project results are automatically archived and versioned. The product history displays the states, version numbers, changes, editors and modification points. The check-in/check-out mechanism provides security and accountability for those working in teams. You can also keep track of the life cycle of your artefacts. You can instantly compare any two versions of a document or a requirement with each other. The software also gives you access to older versions in the history as well as baselines and configurations.

Version management made easy  >>

Managing projects with defined processes

You can plan and execute projects with processes in in-STEP BLUE. Public standards like Scrum, PRINCE2, HERMES, SPICE for Automotive, V-Modell XT & Co. can be used along with your best practices. Processes create transparency and make effective approaches repeatable. They allow projects to be compared more easily and make it possible for experiences to be re-applied, sustainably improving the quality of the development results. It is important that your staff members benefit from the processes being used. The processes should cut out long searches while providing clear responsibilities and procedures as well as results-transparency among documented tasks – all of which becomes repeatable in subsequent projects.

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Process management with in-STEP-BLUE

What our clients say about in-STEP BLUE

“microTOOL is a partner at eye level – and for us in-STEP BLUE is the ideal tool to manage our requirements and individual operations effectively.”

Thomas Vogt
Thomas Vogt Head of Business Information Integration, Apollo-Optik Holding GmbH & Co. KG

“How MEN benefits from in-STEP BLUE? Traceable processes, workflows and documents – not only in development.”

Manfred Schmitz
Manfred Schmitz Managing Director MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH, MEN manages more than 1.2 million documents in in-STEP BLUE

“We at TESAT rely on TOPxt, a custom-tailored variant of the V-Modell. An essential part of this is in-STEP BLUE, which offers ideal and tailor-made support for TOPxt.”

Dr. Erich Auer Head of System Engineering, Tesat-Spacecom GmbH & Co.KG

“Thanks to in-STEP BLUE our audits are now completely hassle-free and more efficient, in particular because of the full traceability and control in-STEP BLUE offers even for individual processes. The auditors were impressed, too.”

Martin Horn
Martin HornProject Manager, SurgicEye GmbH

“in-STEP BLUE is the perfect choice for us. What I particularly like are in-STEP BLUE’s numerous customizing options as well as its openness to other tools. Also, the support provided by microTOOL is topnotch.”

Björn Schultze
Björn SchultzeHead of Documentation Support, MAN Truck & Bus AG

“What convinced us was in-STEP BLUE’s ability to support both PRINCE2 and an effective document management. The greatest benefit of using in-STEP BLUE is the possibility to customize all processes to the needs of our organization on our own.”

Markus Kunkel
Markus KunkelProject Portfolio Manager, lekker Energie GmbH, PRINCE2 Award Winner with in-STEP BLUE

“With the help of in-STEP BLUE’s CoreProcess Edition we were able to make a highly customizable system for requirements management available during the implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework in our company. This enabled us to manage and prioritize requirements in a centralized system from the outset – process-based, cross-departmental and traceable. We are particularly proud of the fact that all necessary customizing was done in-house, resulting in reduced costs and realization times.”

Andreas Eiden
Andreas EidenHead of Business Development and Product Management, Authorized Officer, SOPTIM AG

“I really like in-STEP BLUE’s integration of Project Management, Requirements Management and Requirements Modeling. In terms of support, microTOOL is at the top of the league.”

Rainer Rohde
Rainer RohdeHead of Division, Rechenzentrum der Finanzverwaltung Nordrhein-Westfalen

“We primarily use the in-STEP BLUE V-Modell XT Edition to support our requirements management and test specification processes formally and content-wise, as well as for test execution in development. in-STEP BLUE clearly stands up to comparison with similar tools. It does a lot, it is flexible and also highly customizable. microTOOL is always very proactive when dealing with requests and creative in the design of extensions.”

Carsten Seedorff
Carsten SeedorffHead of System Development, BBR Verkehrstechnik GmbH

“in-STEP BLUE enables us to comply with ISO 26262 and Automotive SPICE, in particular with regard to traceability, from requirements to test cases to implementation. Its built-in configuration options combined with outstanding support made it possible for us to integrate our company-specific requirements for a project management software into in-STEP BLUE.”

Wolfgang Schröder
Wolfgang SchröderAdministrator Software and Software Process, Flextronics Automotive GmbH & Co. KG

“Documentation is of utmost importance for AMEDON – and becomes child’s play with in-STEP BLUE.”

Dr. Maike Boettcher
Dr. Maike BoettcherHead of Quality Control, AMEDON GmbH

“Especially for complex, long-term software development projects in-STEP BLUE helps to maintain an overview and prioritize and organize our tasks and processes. It is of utmost impotance to us that we can adjust the system to our requirements and approaches and that it supports different process models.”

Matthias Schulz
Matthias SchulzHead of Software Development, GAF AG

“in-STEP BLUE is an integral part of all test management processes for eight ATS (Air Traffic Services) as well as of planning procedures for software acceptance processes at Deutsche Flugsicherung. It is a vital part of daily test and resource planning. Its multiple configuration options are particularly helpful. They make it possible to adjust the testing process and implement user requirements in no time.”

Michael Lüttel
Michael LüttelHead of Acceptance, Integration and Approval for Air Traffic Management Systems, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH

“The reasons we use in-STEP BLUE in almost all operating ranges, from applicant management to development projects with specific processes to quality assurance are its numerous possibilities. To me, in-STEP BLUE is the “mightyTOOL” for project management, configuration management and artefact regulation.”

Clemens Schmidt
Clemens Schmidtin-STEP BLUE Administrator, Requirements Engineer and Idea Manager at MEN Mikro Elektronik GmbH, Cert. IT Business Manager at IT /MGT Beratung

“Going for in-STEP BLUE was an excellent decision. It is easily adjustable to our needs and all customization can be done in-house. I would make the same decision today.”

Ralf Dachwitz
Ralf DachwitzQuality and Project Management, FEV GmbH, nutzt in-STEP BLUE seit 2007

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