The integration of Blueprint with Visual Studio Team Services – Azure DevOps (VSTS) brings the business and product development teams together to accelerate product development and efficiently scale agile practices.
Blueprint Azure DevOps (VSTS) Integration Overview
In an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) ecosystem, the choice of systems and the collaboration between the cross-functional teams play a great role. While the choice of systems impacts the productivity of a team, the cross-functional collaboration brings in collective wisdom to take better decisions, faster. Best-of-breed systems such as Blueprint and Azure DevOps (VSTS) bring rich functionalities to the ecosystem. By integrating Blueprint with Azure DevOps (VSTS), enterprises can keep the business and product development team focussed on the larger business objective – and diminish collaboration barriers that otherwise lead to quality issues, delivery delays, and financial loss.
How Blueprint – Azure DevOps (VSTS) integration is beneficial for an enterprise
- Trace the requirement breakdown completely – access the features, product backlogs, tasks associated with the requirement
- Track the estimated and actual development efforts
- Get complete context of the business requirement and receive real-time updates when there is a change in the plan
- Coordinate on the delivery timelines seamlessly with concurrent updates on changes
- Get full traceability into the Quality Assurance (QA) reports from both systems
With Blueprint + Azure DevOps (VSTS) integration, enterprises can:
How OpsHub Integration Manager integrates Blueprint and Azure DevOps (VSTS)
OpsHub Integration Manager integrates Blueprint and Azure DevOps (VSTS) in a bidirectional manner. It ensures that all historical and current data is available to each user, in that user’s preferred system, with full context, in real-time. All ‘requirements’ from Blueprint automatically synchronize to Azure DevOps (VSTS) and all the entities and details associated with the ‘requirement’ synchronize back to Blueprint.
Popularly synchronized entities
Use Case: Blueprint integration with Azure DevOps (VSTS)
Problem statement: The product management uses Blueprint and the development team uses Azure DevOps (VSTS). However, as the systems are not synchronized, any change to customer requirement must be manually communicated to the development team. The product manager also doesn’t have real-time visibility into the development plan and estimated timeline for a given requirement.
Solution: When Blueprint and Azure DevOps (VSTS) are integrated using OpsHub Integration Manager, the coordination between the product management team and development team will be seamless.
- The Product Manager creates a ‘business requirement’ in Blueprint and adds descriptive comments for the development team.
- The ‘business requirement’ synchronizes to Azure DevOps (VSTS) as a ‘requirement’. The development team breaks it into ‘user stories’ and starts work on it.
- Due to a sudden escalation, the Product Manager changes the priority of this ‘business requirement’ in Blueprint and marks it as ‘High Priority’. The Product Manager also adds comment to change the delivery deadline of this requirement.
- The changes synchronize to Azure DevOps (VSTS).
- The development team updates the delivery date of the ‘requirement’, which synchronizes to Blueprint.
Benefits of integration for Blueprint and Azure DevOps (VSTS) users
- Traceability for business requirements throughout the ALM chain
- Visibility into the progress of development work, status, effort details, and defects
- No dependency on manual communication for making business decisions
Azure DevOps (VSTS) (Azure DevOps) users
- Access and real-time updates to the business requirements within Azure DevOps (VSTS)
- Complete view into the business goals, logics, and targets
- Automatic synchronization of development work to Blueprint saves time that would otherwise go in manual synchronization