February 27th, 2023 by inflectra
We are excited about the upcoming release of Spira v7.5!
The new version includes, amongst many other features, a brand new SpiraApp called Requirement Multiple Approvals. This new plugin for SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan (not SpiraTest, sorry) will allow you to conduct multiple parallel approvals of a requirement in the system. This much-awaiting feature has been asked for by many of our life sciences customers who need to be able to conduct parallel approvals of requirements.
This new SpiraApp will let you create multiple approvals or review tasks for requirements. This enables you to create review tasks with a single click, and assign them to stakeholders to review requirements. Then, when all the reviews are done, the requirement itself will automatically change status. In addition, to streamline the review and approval process, the plugin also introduces a new My Page dashboard widget.
At the present time, you can have multiple approvals for a requirement, but they need to be in a sequence / series, not in parallel:
With the new SpiraApp, you can now use Requirements and Tasks together to have multiple, parallel approvals. Since both Tasks and Requirements support electronic-signatures, you can have all the approvals comply with the validation requirements of 21 CFR Part 11 (and equivalent regulations).
To activate the plugin, go to the System Administration home page, and click on SpiraApps:
Then click on the Activate button to activate the plugin.
Next, go to the project you want to use the plugin for and click on SpiraApps there:
Click on the Enable button to enable the plugin for your project. You should then click on the Settings button to configure the plugin for use:
Open up a new browser tab and go to the Tasks > Custom Properties administration page as we need to now add a new boolean custom property on Tasks that denotes that this task is a special one used for multi-approvals:
Click the Save button. Now go back to the SpiraApp settings page and refresh the browser. The new custom property should be available in the dropdown list:
Now you need to choose that custom property and create the list of task approval groups.
To create groups of multi-approvers add a new line to the “Approval Lists” setting text-box. For each group, write out the settings like this:
List Name | Task name prefix | Task type | username1, username2, username3, ... username20.
(each group can have a max of 20 users).
For example, we have configured two approval groups below:
Business Team | Pending Approval | Management | fredbloggs, joesmith, amycribbins, administrator Technical Team | Pending Approval | Management | amycribbins, rickypond, administrator
Now you are ready to start using the functionality...
To use the application, simply locate a requirement that needs to be approved:
Choose the option to Create Multi Approval Tasks:
Once you click the Create button, the new approval tasks will be automatically created:
Each user in the list can now go to their My Page dashboard and add a new special widget for viewing their approval tasks:
Once the widget is added, the user will be able to see their approval tasks in a dedicated widget:
Unlike the normal My Assigned Tasks widget, this one only shows the approval tasks and will also display the associated requirement.
To perform the approval, the user will simply click on the hyperlink for the task and use the normal task workflow to make the approval:
If you have configured the workflow to require an electronic signature, that will also happen as normal:
Once all the approvals have been done, the parent requirement will automatically change status as driven by the current workflow rules.
In addition to the My Page widget used by the individual approvers, there is also a new Product Home widget that allows project managers to see all of the pending approval tasks for a specific product. To add this widget, go to the Product Home dashboard and choose the option to add a new item:
Now select the Open Approval Tasks item and add it to the Left side of the dashboard:
You can now see all of the open, approval tasks for this product in one place.
And if you have any questions, please email or call us at +1 (202) 558-6885
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