Being in software industry for over 20 years and working as project manager for few years, it is interesting to see how software tools help in day to day organisation and implementation of software. Yes Agile manifesto mentions “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”, there has been many software’s helping development teams meet that very end.
|Written by Sudheer Raju | Tuesday, 13 November 2012|
Oracle adds yet another acquisition to its long list this year and this time its Instantis, a leading provider of cloud-based and on-premise project portfolio management (PPM) solutions. Instantis enables IT departments, product development teams, and business process leaders to manage multiple corporate initiatives, and improve strategic alignment, execution, and financial performance. The products comes in both On-Premise and Cloud hosted installation model.
|Written by Ritu Saxena | Thursday, 01 November 2012|
Microsoft Team Foundation Service(TFS), the collaboration platform for software development teams is now available for full production use. Microsoft Team Foundation Service is the Cloud version of Team Foundation Server that can be accessed anywhere anytime from Microsoft's suite of developer tools, including Visual Studio Express for Windows 8, Desktop, Phone 8 and Web. The service is available for free for teams having 5 users or less and for those having MSDN licenses. Till the pricing plans are announced, in early 2013 everybody can enjoy the benefits of TFS for free and upgrade as per their needs once the formal plans are announced.
|Written by Shankar Pandiath | Friday, 19 October 2012|
Sensible Softwares Private Limited, announced a few days ago that its cloud-based smart project management tool can now be accessed from the Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace. The marketplace is renowned for hosting plenty of innovative third party software management applications that the customers can use in developing, deploying, and managing their individual app in the cloud based system.
|Written by Sudheer Raju | Tuesday, 02 October 2012|
Serena Software has conducted a survey of IT professionals that focused on the current state of agile software development, the results of which came to light today. The research centered on what is working with regards to agile development methodology, the extent of agile adoption in enterprise IT organisations today, biggest challenges and more. The key findings revealed that development teams have united on agile practices, but lack the communication with customers, operations and other development teams, which slow projects and agile success.
|Written by Bhardwaj Velamakanni | Wednesday, 26 September 2012|
Scaling Agile practices is a special challenge in itself. Practices do tend to get complicated when multiple teams work in tandem on various projects and programs. This paper address one issue that often has a high-impact on tracking scaled Agile projects. The focus of this paper is the way the velocity gets tracked across multiple teams working in the same program.
Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools installation and operation has never been easy to produce intuitive and interactive dashboards for intelligence reports. This can take months to deploy or have complex license models. However new Serena IT Dashboard appears to provide key performance indicators (KPIs) and dashboards that are specifically designed for application life-cycle management (ALM) and IT Service Management (ITSM) processes for the benefit of the organizations.
|Written by Ravi Vadugu | Friday, 17 August 2012|
Most of the enterprises are adopting lean methods as never before to not just achieve maximum value but cut software development wastes along with equipping themselves to react to change quick enough. Project management tools to that effect also had to scale up to address such a change of delivery framework. Scrum and Kanban have become the go to framework as we speak and this is where CollabNet has focussed its new release of its agile software. The new ScrumworksPro 6.0 comes with complete support for managing “Kanban,” a continuous process method rooted in Lean software development, and the ability to manage both Scrum and Kanban teams from a single tool to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve visibility.
|Written by Ritu Saxena | Thursday, 09 August 2012|
Teambox which was available till now under the Affero GPL 3 license, the code for which can be found in Github has been totally reinvented after it crossed 150.000 as Teambox4. Teambox4 which was in beta phase till now, has been officially released few days back. The commercial Teambox version 4, which is no longer open source is built to serve millions of users and supersedes its previous versions in terms of speed and ease of use.
|Written by Ritu Saxena | Monday, 30 July 2012|
SaaS based solutions have become the preferred choice of the customers today. Capital Expenditure (Capex) and Operational Expenditure (Opex) savings attract the customers towards SaaS based solutions. There are huge savings in terms of upfront investments and deployment time to reach out the solution that is required. No maintenance overheads, no software installations, only a browser and Internet connection are what are required to avail the required services and keep them going.