October 27, 2008
As product manager Dave Marquard announced this weekend, the October release of Blueprint is now out.
In keeping with the project naming schema of an alphabetical list of “bands-from-the-70’s-and-80’s-that-are-at-least-somewhat-cheesy” we are up to “P” and “Poison” (check-out the whole list here). Poison is the 11th public Blueprint release and the 16th overall (releases usually come out every 6-7 weeks).
What’s new to Poison:
- User Management: Thanks to the magical properties of SaaS and improvements to Blueprint, the project leader, or whomever has the admin rights, can add users on the fly and reassign user accounts depending on activity level. If someone isn’t utilizing their account it can be reassigned to a new individual at the click of the mouse.
- Invitations: Just like a social networking app like LinkedIn or Facebook, you can now send invites to colleagues to join Blueprint and collaborate on process discovery and documentation.
- Instant Upgrades: If you have signed up for a Free account and want to upgrade to the Professional Edition, all you have to do is hit the “Upgrade Now!” button and you are good to go!
- Printing Big and Small: Whereas before you printed out your process flow diagrams to plotter-sized sheets of paper, you now have the option of printing the full image as a composite across as many pages as needed, or even scale it to fit on one sheet.
- Word Export of Process Documentation: We’ve improved the print out capability to Microsoft Word Documents. Now when you print from Documentation View all your inputs, outputs, problems and stakeholders are included.
Stay tuned for cool features the next release which is due in 6-7 weeks. And what is the code name of the next release you may ask? “Q” is the letter so it could only be “Quiet Riot.”
Pau for now…
October 24, 2008
Yesterday we launched Lombardi’s first on-demand training course, Process Mapping 101. Appropriately, it features our on-demand product, Blueprint.
Rather than putting together a how-to-use-Blueprint course, we wanted to go broader and create a how-to-get-started with Process Mapping. What we’ve been hearing from a lot of our customers is that, while the Blueprint product is fairly straight forward, they are looking for a methodology on how to approach and drive process modeling project. They know it involves getting group of folks together in room and capturing the info but who do you invite? How do you run a session so you get what you want out of it and capture and come away with useful info? Whats the best way to communicate your progress and get buy-in from senior management?
With a Little Help from Our Friends
To put this together we teamed up with BPM heavy-weight Bruce Silver and Shelley Sweet of I4Process. Here’s how Bruce describes the course:
Broken out into 5 segments of Flash video, the [2 hour] training provides a step by step approach to getting started with mapping your as-is process: the team members needed at each step, roles and responsibilities, how to facilitate the mapping sessions, how to drive the Blueprint tool, and how to organize the generated process diagram for maximum effectiveness. Much of it takes the form of simulated team mapping sessions. Most of the rest is hands-on for the student. We’ll describe a scenario of information gathered from the team session, and you’ll put it into Blueprint – training video in one browser window and Blueprint open in another, so you can compare your result with what it should look like. Hands-on exercises are the only way to learn it.
Who’s it targeted at?
Like Blueprint itselft, rather than process-jocks, this course is designed for Business Owners, Subject Matter Experts, Project Managers, and Business Analysts who are looking to get started with process mapping from a real-world perspective.
To get a flavor for the course, you can watch a few short snippets from the training here. Check it out!
Pau for now…