I attended a talk by folks from BluePrint and LexisNexis at BAWorld on Tuesday. The first bit of the talk was just an intro to agile and why it is useful on the projects. The part that I found most interesting was from someone who owned business analysis on lawyers.com – she effectively gave a verbal case study of their team using agile and BluePrint to deploy this site. This was refreshing because she was brutally honest about the state of their organization 2 years ago, some of her dislikes about other tools, and their experiences with agile not going well. However, she also then talked about how their culture is changing now and what is working really well. This talk was great because it was effectively a great sales-pitch for BluePrint, but it was given by an actual user….and you could tell she was being honest about it.
BluePrint is meant to be a BA tool. They are closely partnered with HP and it integrates to Quality Center for QA use as well. From a quick glance of things she mentioned or showed, it looks like it allows you to manage the list of features in a backlog, low-fidelity wireframes, diagrams that look a lot like visio, export to Word, and import from Excel. We are still using Borland’s Caliber happily, but I’m obviously always looking at all the tools on the market to see what people are really liking and/or disliking, what new features are coming about, what’s easy to use, etc.
A bit about the lawyers.com project – they were executing 3-12 week sprints and the requirements definition is about 2 weeks ahead of sprint cycles. She made a very wise comment – templates and processes
I haven’t used BluePrint myself, but I am certainly interested to hear others’ experiences with the tool, so please comment if you have used it.