SAP Focus Build is an out-of-the-box solution to manage requirements and software development in large, agile projects such as SAP S/4HANA implementations for better and faster project execution. Key features are:

  • Automated visibility of solution readiness against due dates, with integrated risk management
  • Management of distributed development teams
  • Agile release and software engineering with optional JIRA integration
  • Automated test planning, change & release management to support continuous delivery & integration and DevOps
  • Full integration of requirement, project, process, change, release and test management
  • dropDoc for Simplified Solution Documentation
  • UI5 apps for work packages and work items in Project and Requirements Management

New Functionalities in SAP Focus Build SP02

The following summarizes the improvements found in SAP Focus Build SP02.

(1) Project Management

a. Project Administration – Simplified and intuitive project setup and administration
b. Risk Management – Improved transparency and simplified evaluation of Risks

(2) Process Management

a. New Elements in dropDocs – Simplified handling of process steps used in a diagram and their assignment to Work Package.
b. Document Handling – Simplification of access to owned or documents in progress through MyDocuments app and better tracking of changes on documents by mail notification.
c. Test Suite integration – dropDocs integration to Work Package and Work Item for improved assignment of relevant test cases
d. Work Package scoping – dropDocs integration to Work Package and Work Item for Scope extension and detection of relevant documentation and easy release of technical objects.
e. Include originals in reporting and search – Improved report and search results with no need to individually navigate to each library element
f. Revised scope functionality – Provide unified content filter based on structure and attributes for Improved handling of content filters and simplified scope creation.
g. Perform long-running operations in background – No disruption of work and simplified report and export generation
h. Improved process document generation (Offline Access) – Browse process management content offline for easy way to consume process content, simplify the publishing of content and ability to archive content.

(3) Requirement Management

a. New Status Value and Display in Process Management – Mass Change Operations so the status is used to hand-over finalized requirements to the responsible Project/Release Manager.
b. Solution Documentation Reporting – In Solution Documentation it is now possible to get a list of all Requirements created in the Focused Build context. This list has all standard filter on sorting options, e.g. to find Requirements related to a specific Business Process
c. Rich Text Editor for Description field – Improved usability to structure longer texts allowing clear descriptions of Requirements
d. Deep Search for Sub Categories – Responsible person wants to see all Requirements assigned to a Solution inclusive of the Subcategory for the module
e. Improved Usability – Working with smaller screens, e.g. laptops the extendable column widths allow better display of relevant columns. Extended View Settings allow filtering by additional Requirements data
f. Additional Actions – Un-assign Requirements allows to remove wrongly assigned process elements. Direct link to Mass Change Operations allowing mass changes, e.g. of status values in Requirement planning Q-Gates for all selected Requirements
g. Mass Change Operations – Search options for all important Requirement, Work Package and Work Items and Defect Correction fields

(4) Work Package / Work Item

a. Integrated Defect Correction – Single Functional Test: Existing Defect corrections are automatically assigned to a Work Package in case of Assignment Analysis Usage and a 1:1 relationship of WP and Test Package. Automated switch of Work Package status in case of new and confirmed defect correction
b. Direct Creation of Work Items – Early Single Functional Test: To upload Test Cases in Status To be Tested you can now directly create Work Items. So there’s no need to go in back in status Scope extension to create the Work Item there
c. Improved Scoping Usability – To scope Work Items for Work Packages with many process structure elements and documents assigned, it is helpful to have a Select All and drill down functionality per Business Process
d. Maintenance Work Package – To be used when customer has no change control management for maintenance in place and wants to have a fix process without impact on documentation but needs cost separation for fixes in Hypercare phase e.g. green field Focused Build implementation
e. Maintenance Work Package and Standard Change – In the context of a Maintenance Work Package it is possible to work with Standard Changes Use Work Item type standard change for regular changes with no test needs, e.g. creating additional currency or location
f. Filter: Improved Search Functionality – Improved selection criteria with grouped status values allows the quick display of Work Packages in a similar Status. The filter value Maintenance Work Package allows to display Work Packages created in the Hypercare phase
g. Relations: Improved Filter Criteria – The extended filter options help to find related Work Packages without knowing exactly title, owner or ID etc.
h. Tasks for Work Items – Break down of work to be done for a Work Item into smaller chunks to help developers organizing their work.

(5) ScrumBoard API

a. Tasks for Work Items – Scrum Board API for Break-down of work to be done for a Work Item into smaller chunks to help developers organizing their work.

(6) Test Suite

a. Test Suite Dashboard – A new Tab is available: “Test Preparation”. In this tile you can view the amount of Work Packages for a given Project and Wave. It will help you to easily identify the work packages to which no test cases (of any types) are assigned. It will also highlight the Work Packages which do not have any Test Case assigned according to their statuses. In the table you will find the Work Package details (ID, Name, Priority, Test Case Assignment, …). You can jump directly to the Work package application to update any Work Package. You can also navigate to the “Assignment Analysis” application to perform any missing assignment.
b. Test Suite Dashboard – Traceability Matrix. In SP2 there are tiles which highlight the important categories and their corresponding KPIs.
c. Test Suite Dashboard – Central Test Reporting. In SP2 we added a detailed reporting on test execution results of manual tests. You get an immediate overview on relevant information like overall status, current step or number of defects. With the drill-down navigation you can find more details like attached results, defects or even actual results and evidence documents on step level.
d. Test Step Designer – Improved User Experience.
– Simplified organization of test cases
– Copy & Paste of Steps within and between Test Cases
– Improved and accelerated value helps for Business Partners and Executables
– Simplified and enhanced Upload Wizard
– Increased performance in all areas
– Full-Screen mode in Test Steps Designer
– Simplified test execution and result documentation
b. Test Step Designer – Navigation. Enhanced navigation/grouping in the master list
c. Test Step Designer – Result Attribute Definition. A significant enhancement in SP2 is that you can specify for which step a result attribute is mandatory. For Test Cases which will be executed by multiple testers/teams this is extremely important. It means that a tester will not be allowed to handover the testing to another tester/department is he/she has not filled out the necessary information. This avoids missing information, and pingpong between teams.
d. Test Step Designer – Navigation. Copy and Paste of Executables and Business Partners. Faster Value help for Executables
e. Test Step Designer – Eased Step Creation. Creating a new Test Case is simplified. Process Steps and Executables are automatically transferred into your Test Case.
f. Test Step Designer – Better Integration with Solution Documentation. With SP02 we offer more features to work with test cases that are assigned to Solution Documentation. You can directly see in which Solution and Branch the test case is available and you can navigate to the assigned node in Solution Documentation. Properties like Test Case Classification or even your custom attributes can be maintained directly in Test Steps Designer.
g. Test Step Designer – Multilingual Test Cases. Test Steps allows you to design and execute multilingual test cases. There is no need to create separate test cases per language. You directly do the translation in the same test case and Testers can execute the test in their preferred language.
h. My Test Execution – Usability Improvements. UI Redesign to improve the User Friendliness and the readability of the screen. More dynamic layout, better usage of the screen for the step results
i. My Test Execution – TBOM Recording. In SP2 you can now fully record TBOMs with the MTE
j. My Test Execution – Digital Signature. Users can digitally sign: Test Results and Test Notes
k. My Test Execution – Full Integration in My Tester Worklist. Test Step based test cases are displayed properly in the Test Case selection from the test plan management application. When you execute a test, step based test case from the tester worklist, the “My Test Execution” application. Test results from test steps will be available in the standard test result application.

Note the prerequisite for the installation of ST-OST 200 SP2 is an SAP Solution Manager 7.2 SP7 environment.


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