The Roadmap Viewer provides you with an easy-to-navigate way to access SAP Activate methodology guidance for your specific solution.
Or, if solution-specific roadmap isn’t available, you can use the generic SAP Activate methodology for the cloud or on-premise solution.
The Roadmap Viewer entry screen presents you with a few tiles that help you navigate to either Solution Specific or General roadmaps, as shown in the figure below. You can also choose to learn about how to use the Roadmap Viewer or how to use the SAP Activate methodology content to start a project in SAP Solution Manager in the Learn More section.
After you navigate to the specific section of a roadmap, for example, the Solution Specific roadmaps, the tool provides you with a list of roadmaps you can access in that particular section. In some cases, where the section provides a large number of roadmaps (e.g., the Solution Specific roadmaps section), there is further navigational help splitting the roadmaps by the deployment approach (On Premise versus On Cloud), as shown here:
After you pick a specific roadmap and click on its title, the screen will show the roadmap overview information that provides you with the description of the roadmap purpose, the solution supported by the roadmap, and an overview of the approach and key deliverables in each phase, as shown in the next figure. This page offers additional details as well, including the following:
- Link to the release blog that provides information about the latest updates to the methodology content
- Link to the overview presentation that helps you understand the overall flow of the methodology for your selected implementation roadmap
- Additional links to additional important assets that are available to the users of this roadmap
After reviewing the roadmap Overview section, you should navigate to the work breakdown structure (WBS) of the methodology to access all the details of the methodology content. In the Content tab, you can then browse the methodology hierarchy by phases and access specific descriptions and accelerators attached to the deliverables or tasks in the methodology hierarchy, as shown below.
You can either click on a specific deliverable to see its description and associated accelerators or expand the deliverable to show the tasks that are contributing to completion of that deliverable. Use the > sign on the left side of the deliverable to expand it and see the tasks, as shown here:
Additionally, you can filter the hierarchy by selecting specific (or multiple) Phases, Workstreams, or additional roadmap-specific tags available in the More section under the listing of Workstreams.
If you’re looking for a specific accelerator you need at the moment, you can navigate directly to the complete list of accelerators assigned to the roadmap by clicking on the Accelerators link at the top-right side of the screen. This will bring you to a page with similar navigation and filtering capabilities as you’ve seen in the WBS navigation shown in the previously discussed figures. You can then narrow the search by phase and workstream to locate the specific accelerator you need.
Additionally, on the Overview page, Content page, or Accelerators page, you can download the project WBS using the down-arrow icon in the top right. The WBS can be used in your preferred project scheduling tool or can be directly loaded into SAP Solution Manager.
After you navigate to the deliverable or task description, you’ll learn about the purpose/ process, and the Roadmap Viewer will provide you with access to accelerators and additional web links that support you in completing the task or deliverable. The following figure provides an example of one task from SAP Activate Methodology for SAP S/4HANA Cloud and shows the structure of the task description and additional accelerators and links at the bottom of the description.
You can also make favorites of your frequently used tasks and deliverables by clicking the star icon in the top-right corner of the task description in the deliverable (see below). This information can later be used for filtering the content in the WBS.
When you want to navigate between tasks under the same deliverable, you can use the < > arrows to the left of the Accelerators screen element to navigate back and forth in the list of tasks without a need to exit the task. Additionally, you can use the breadcrumb links in the top-left side of the screen to navigate back up to the deliverable or phase (which will bring you back to the complete WBS view with your filter preferences set before you started navigation).
The Roadmap Viewer offers additional capabilities that help you locate specific assets, such as accelerators, tasks, or deliverables, very quickly. You can use the search function (magnifying glass icon) on the top left of every screen to search either all roadmaps in the Roadmap Viewer or for a specific roadmap or group of roadmaps.
You can access the full content of the SAP Activate methodology in the Roadmap Viewer either from the tile in SAP Solution Manager or directly via http://s-prs.co/v502708.
Editor’s note: This post has been adapted from a section of the book SAP Activate: Project Management for SAP S/4HANA by Sven Denecken, Jan Musil, and Srivatsan Santhanam.