Orchestrated Process Execution
Processes need to be used in practice. While this is well understood for typical business processes, it is challenging when developing and supporting complex products. In those environments, different PLM, ALM, and other planning and workflow tools are being used to execute different parts of the engineering processes.
Processes modeled in Stages can be mapped to so-called activator elements that orchestrate the process execution in Atlassian Jira or IBM Engineering Lifecycle Management (aka. RTC/Jazz).
Stages comes with predefined activator types. The “Step-by-step” activator executes all workflow activities sequentially as defined by their predecessor/successor relationships. The “All-at-once” activator creates all tasks of a workflow in one step. Users can start those workflows directly from Stages. Alternatively, they can also be triggered by external events. As most execution environments are customized, activators can also be scripted for maximum flexibility.