Traditional project management practices do not disappear as an organization transitions to Agile and product-centric delivery. These capabilities are often distributed to other delivery roles, such as resourcing for team leads and financing for product owners, if organizations decide to gradually dissolve the project manager role. See our Build a Better Product Owner blueprint for more information on how product owners are assuming project management responsibilities. Teams leverage application lifecycle management tools to manage and govern their delivery work, but they do not offer the resource planning, time tracking, financial management, and other project management capabilities that are needed for successful delivery.
Atlassian’s Jira remains a popular collaboration tool for teams looking to better coordinate work. However, it requires third-party add-ons and integrations to support end-to-end artifact traceability and product delivery. Tempo fills Jira’s project management capability gap by enabling managers to:
This plug-in enables real-time updates of key dashboards whenever work progresses through the delivery pipeline in Jira and can motivate bringing project management and delivery tools closer together because of a common toolset. Teams can easily integrate Tempo into their workflow given that Tempo leverages the Jira UI. Tempo does not provide the more advanced or comprehensive project management capabilities (e.g. forecasting) that traditional project management tools provide.
Unfortunately, this tool can reinforce project management practices, which risks the delay or resistance to fully transition to a product-centric model. Sufficient training and onboarding are needed to ensure project management capabilities complement product-centric practices.
Tempo enhances the value of an organization’s Jira investment by generating the project dashboards and reports stakeholders and management ask in real time. This plug-in does not provide the comprehensive capabilities as other project management tools but it can be just enough to satisfy stakeholder and management concerns. Much like any other integration, this plug-in should motivate the evaluation of the application lifecycle management architecture, particularly the integration of your tools and the relationship among all of your artifacts, in order to make the most value of your tools.
Aha! has improved its integration with Azure DevOps to improve release and sprint visibility for both developers and stakeholders.
Trello’s Leah Ryder recently blogged about that old and reliable observation about the four stages of team dynamics (Forming – Storming – Norming – Performing). We asked ourselves how this relates to the Trello cardwall and found a critical ingredient: the curator.
ALM Works’ Structure.Gantt extends Jira’s and Structure’s data to better manage timelines, dependencies, and resources.
In order to combat technical challenges with accessing requirements, Visure has released a new web-based interface for reviewing requirements.
Clarizen launched Clarizen Go in the last quarter of 2019. Intended to assist the transition to agile workflows, Clarizen Go claims to make creating and moving tasks during a project easier, while also improving visibility into the portfolio with integration with Clarizen One.
Teamwork rolled out new features in its Teamwork Spaces, where content can be stored, accessed, edited, read, and shared. Teamwork Spaces is a separate product, not an add-on feature, but it does integrate with the vendor’s popular Teamwork Projects solution.
Visionera’s VisionFlow provides a centralized platform to develop, maintain, and support applications and products through CRM- and service-management-oriented approaches. It supports Agile, waterfall, and hybrid development methodologies.
When teams are refining their product backlog, the focus is usually around new features (functional requirements) and sometimes technical debt. Yet when it comes to user frustration and organizational risk, non-functional requirements (NFRs) can be far more important.
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