Application Development & Management

September 28, 2021 Five Steps for Building a Winning Business Process Automation Practice

Automation is not a silver bullet solution to your workforce productivity challenges. Optimization and automation (optimation) must be used together to remove root cause inefficiencies and best use the features and capabilities of your automation solutions.

November 25, 2020 How to Stop Leaving Software CapEx on the Table With Agile and DevOps

Traditional accounting practices are tailor made for waterfall project management. Organizations that have transitioned to the use of standing product teams using Agile and DevOps need to transform their accounting practices as well or they will leave valuable capital expenditure dollars on the table.

August 05, 2020 IBM Raises Price on Software Support; Shoves Customers Toward the Cloud

IBM is changing the terms of its ubiquitous Passport Advantage agreement to remove entitled discounts on over 5,000 on-premises software products, resulting in an immediate price increase for IBM Software & Support (S&S) across its vast customer landscape.

June 29, 2020 Lean IX and Apptio Partner to Provide the Holistic Perspective on Your Applications

Lean IX and Apptio have partnered to produce an integrated solution that better informs the strategic decision-making process with improved visibility into an application’s total cost of ownership and alignment to business capabilities.

June 25, 2020 United States Marine Corps Adds Appian to Its Arsenal of Low-Code Applications

The United States Marine Corps adds Appian’s low-code automation platform to its Platform as a Service (PaaS).

June 25, 2020 Scaling Agile – Essential for Your Organization

So you’ve gone Agile. You do daily scrums, retrospectives, and all the “right” Agile ceremonies. But still your organization isn’t quite convinced. It is now critical to balance the drivers and goals of both Agile and traditional thinking in order to achieve organizational success.

June 22, 2020 Don’t Let Your Agile Teams Tread Water!

Do you feel like your Agile teams are treading water – going through the motions but never going anywhere? It’s a risk, and practices such as daily standups, retrospectives, and demonstrations need to be used wisely or you risk losing discipline to meeting fatigue.

June 19, 2020 Choose the Right QA Tools to Validate and Verify Product Value and Stability

Stakeholders expect the speed and responsiveness of product delivery does not come at the expense of quality. QA tools offer retailers the ability to continuously ensure both business and technical quality standards are upheld, but these tools should not be viewed as a silver bullet.

June 12, 2020 Product Owners: Tools Are Only Part of the Solution

Tools are important to product teams, but only when they support solid people and processes.

June 12, 2020 Why Should Scrum Masters Understand Product Ownership?

The scrum master is like the conductor of an orchestra, ensuring that every piece fits together at the right time to create something greater than the sum of the parts. You don’t have to know how to play each instrument, but you do have to understand what each part contributes to the overall masterpiece.

June 12, 2020 Product Owners Are Only as Successful as Their Ability to Communicate

No matter how good your product roadmap and backlog are, they are only as good as your audience’s ability to understand your vision and priority.

June 05, 2020 Product Owner Capacity Planning Gets a Boost From Aha!

Aha! introduces scenario planning to give product owners the ability to create and compare multiple release approaches based on team capacity and backlog priority.

May 20, 2020 Build a Visual Product Roadmap to Increase Agreement and Alignment

If an image is worth a thousand words, a visual roadmap will save you a thousand hours.

May 12, 2020 The Many Flavors of Application Rationalization

The application portfolio management (APM) tool space can be a confusing one, as many software vendors offer their own take of what APM is. Enterprise architecture, application management and project portfolio management tools offer an APM use case, but these are often quite skewed the primary function of the tool.

April 27, 2020 What? Don’t Include Features in Your Product Roadmap?

ProductPlan makes a strong case for excluding features from your product roadmap. Instead, develop your roadmap using strategic themes.

April 27, 2020 Kovair Introduces Release 10.0 of Its Product Suite, Improving Its Breadth of Integrations, Administration, and Data Migration Capabilities

Kovair continues to enhance its product suite with the introduction of version 10.0. The updates cover its Omnibus, ALM Studio, and QuickSync products.

April 24, 2020 GitHub Free for Teams Helps Level the Playing Field

Almost a decade has passed since Marc Andreessen’s article “Why Software Is Eating The World” passionately defended the rise of software and its potential to disrupt every industry. The ensuing decade has proven his thesis to be true.

April 24, 2020 GitHub Is Now Free for Teams

GitHub has announced that, effective April 14, 2020, all of its core features will be free for everyone. This will include private development within organizations that have previously paid for some subscription plans.

April 20, 2020 OpsHub Brings Integration to the Masses

OpsHub, a provider of integration and migration solutions for ALM and DevOps tools, has offered a free edition of tits integration solution OpsHub Integration Manager.

April 16, 2020 SmartBear Releases Zephyr 6.6 and Acquires TM4J

The recent release of Zephyr 6.6 (Standalone Edition) focused on improvements to its administration, automation capabilities, and usability. SmartBear’s 2020 acquisition of Test Management for Jira (TM4J) from Adaptavist demonstrates its focus on building its testing capabilities.

April 16, 2020 Rally’s Recent Release Confirms That It Is Sticking Around

Rally Software has changed ownership several times in the past decade and organizations wonder what will become of the notable ALM tool. The recent updates show that its current owner, Broadcom, wants Rally to remain competitive in the ALM marketplace.