Product managers have another challenge in our competitive world — they can’t just take feature requests at face value. True product innovation comes from understanding the WHY behind feature requests. Rally Idea Manager is a social site specifically designed for actively engaging users in frequent conversations and getting to the WHY.
Traditionally, agile teams have always discouraged usage of agile tools for all the right reasons. However with the ever changing world it has become clear that an agile/scrum/kanban management software will greatly simplify life of project teams. Well if you are the one who just want about enough features to manage your kanban process, good news there is a very simple hosted product new to the market called "InkPlanner".
Continuous build and integration has become a core to determine success of a project delivery in minimal time and effort in todays enterprise world. Given the fact that the build has to work across multiple platforms and between distributed teams it becomes apparent that this process is automated and best left to tools than do it manually.
There is an enormous amount of discussion and literature (in the Software/ Application Development circles?) about different processes (or methodologies), their pros and cons, their challenges, etc. While these articles are right in their own way, in most cases, they preach adoption and acceptance of one process. However, the fact is that rarely does a “one size fits all” approach work for anything – why would software be any different?
Collaboration tools were being used even before computers existed. It was something that helped people collaborate. A piece of paper, for example, could have been described as a collaboration tool. With the evolution of technology, the term collaboration tool is now used to mean collaborative software. It is something that assists in solving a predefined task together in a group more easily. Collaboration means, in this context, working together to fulfill a shared, collective, bounded goal. In this article lets see 10 of best web based scollaboration software that we liked.
Agile tools have come a long way right from a simple Index Card to a full fledged software tool to manage enterprise level agile implementation. There always existed reservations on whether to use or not to use agile tools. Agile tools have not been used effectively so far either sometimes as a best practice to keep agile simple or at times a going by preference to use human interactions as much as possible than tools. I come across many small teams still using excel sheets which usually ends up with duplicating effort and unnecessary maintenance. While its good to use tools, lets see what are some trends or changes we are seeing developing agile tools this year.
In one of the agile forums an Agile newbie asked - isn't it beneficial to use an online agile tool to manage the process? Innocent newbie was lectured by a number of Early Agile (esp. Scrum) adopters for having such a non-agile thinking. These early adopters are used to the sticky notes on an office wall. Newbie was led to believe that Scrum is the most ideal process in this world and it is not dependent on any tool. Here is my interpretation of many conversations I have seen on this topic (including the conversations group had during Scrum training I took few years ago).
Axosoft's "OnTime", i guess this wonderful Project/Agile management tool is known to everyone and needs no introduction. The product comes with a very simple and optimized UI which is very very easy to use, considerably high speed development, excellent visibility to various members of the team and very intutive to use by any person. Includes rich features as a promise to deliver software On Time to end customers.
GoodData, a cloud based business intelligence platform in association with leading agile tool "Pivotal Tracker" have launched a brand new app called "Pivotal Tracker Analytics" which according to GoodData helps to measure agile development process. It helps create reports and dashboards aggregating the feeds on a periodic basis which ultimately leads to business intelligence.
I always had a difficulty to find the right option to either use "Index Cards" for agile project delivery or use a good "Agile Tool". Well i guess i ended up using a combination of both as most others do. Few difficulties however using "Index Cards", i would not really get the fantastic features exposed by tools in terms of effective planning, burndown, tracking, productive integrations and like. On the other hand if i use agile tool i loose the flexibility to carry the cards and really express myself in the meetings.