How we deliver projects

All Bluesprint’s Solution Architects are certified in the Anaplan Way and our implementation projects follow this framework. This methodology is proven in many Anaplan implementations world wide. The Anaplan Way has five phases that define the critical steps of a successful Anaplan implementation.

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Four Cornerstones

The four cornerstones provide the foundation for implementation of the Anaplan platform and must be considered during all phases of the implementation:

Process

The wider business process that the Anaplan model supports.

Data

All the data components needed for the model: master, meta, and transactional data.

Model

The design, build, and testing of the Anaplan model.

Deployment

A plan to ensure the Anaplan model and business process is adopted in the organization.

Time spent

Anaplan is specifically designed so that you can build models quickly. It is not the model build that takes the most time, but rather the surrounding processes that support the build that require the most time. This graphic shows the approximate percentage of time you should spend on each cornerstone.

Process and data cornerstones present the biggest challenges, and require the most project time. Keep the focus on process and data simple to start and build upon the first release in subsequent releases.

 

Project phases

Pre-Release

High-level objectives, resource mix, and timeline are defined in a project Rough Cut and culminated in a signed Statement of Work (SOW).

Rough-cut

High-level objectives Resource mix Timeline

Statement of work

Signed agreement

Foundation

Two fundamental planning phases, Project Planning and Sprint Planning, are critical to the "measure twice, cut once" philosophy.

Project Planning

Manifesto Requirements User Stories

Sprint Planning

User stories prioritized

Implementation

User Stories in each Sprint Bucket are burnt down as we progress through each sprint.

S1

S2

S3

S4

ASR
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Test plan

Testing

Each testing phase consists of parallel human and automated testing to stress test on user concurrency.

UAT 1

Fix

UAT 2

Auto test

Deployment

There should be a clear communication plan, training of end users, documentation, post-go live support, and monitoring.

GA

Post Go-live support

Three  Levers

Consider the three key levers involved in keeping the buckets balanced:

Time

The length of project or sprints.

Resources

The amount of customer, partner, and Anaplan resources.

User Stories

The number and prioritization of user stories.