Gartner Names CollabNet Visionary in Enterprise Agile Planning Tools Magic Quadrant

Get Your Complimentary Copy of the Enterprise Agile Planning Tools Magic Quadrant Now Gartner recently acknowledged CollabNet as a visionary in a broad Agile Planning Tools report, the “Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools,” written by analysts Thomas E. Murphy, Mike West and Keith James Mann. You can read the corresponding full announcement here. Gartner defines visionaries as vendors that understand where the market is going or have a vision for changing market rules. This report specifically cites CollabNet’s strength in helping organizations move from Waterfall to Agile development methods, bridging between traditional IT legacy applications and new technologies. …

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“How to Improve Productivity with Agile Methodologies” (CIO.com Article Recap)

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Many in the industry are searching for new ways to increase productivity and efficiency with Agile approaches to software development.  That’s the theme of a new article on CIO.com by Bruce Harpham, who details the many benefits of Agile methodologies in software development and examines key considerations for implementing the practice. Our very own Scott Rose spoke with Bruce on the topic and discussed the ways organizations can employ Agile practices among a global team, where face-to-face is not feasible. While Bruce notes that face-to-face interaction is a key element to increased productivity within agile, it’s not always possible with the …

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New Workshops! Achieving Enterprise Agility with CI, CD, and DevOps

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Join CollabNet at one of our upcoming Live workshops coming to all major cities across the US. This CI, CD and DevOps workshop lays out Agile principles, engineering and management practices to enable rapid delivery of high quality, valuable new functionality using the most popular open source development tools with CollabNet TeamForge. With the adoption of Git/Gerrit, Subversion, Jenkins,Chef, Nexus and Artifactory, you are challenged with scaling agility across an enterprise interwoven with a complex heterogeneous mix of tools and processes.  How do you reign in all these disparate systems and scale your Agile successes, while allowing your teams the …

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Building a Better Backlog Q&A

On March 5th, I presented the webinar, “Building a Better Backlog: Strategies for Long Term Success in Agile Development.” In the session, I shared strategies on how to build and maintain a good product backlog by describing the overall concepts and techniques for backlog management and how each of the project contributors can contribute to its overall effectiveness. Specifically, I covered: What a product backlog is and how to create product backlog items How to write good user stories How to estimate product backlog items How to groom the product backlog, and The importance of treating the product backlog as …

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The Changing Face of Agile

A major shift is happening in the organizations that are moving to an Agile way of doing business.  Not a shift in the Agile principles themselves, which have remained essentially unchanged since their conception.  Rather, at CollabNet, we are seeing a fundamental change in the way organizations approach an Agile transformation.  Gone are the days when Agile frameworks like Scrum are considered a “fringe” approach.  Agile has reached the mainstream and, with this change, the goals and objectives of the individuals driving this change have also shifted. The Self-Described Rebel Just a few short years ago, the typical attendee at …

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Scrum is not something “IT does”

Thanks to a ton of help from Michael James, I just put the finishing touches on my new webinar, “Necessary conditions for enterprise agile success: The subtle stuff you’re probably getting wrong.” In this presentation, I plan to review the common mistakes and pitfalls I witness at organizations around the world who have tried to do agile and who are looking for some coaching because they’re struggling. There is an underlying theme to many of those pitfalls that I’ve encountered so many times in the last month, that I want to bring it to everybody’s attention via the blog.

Guy Martin Empowers DOD's Agile Development in the Cloud

At CollabNet, we appreciate that the world understands our contributions to the advancement of practical methods of software development in the cloud.  For instance, last month, I traveled to Davos where I met with industry leaders who share our vision and want to improve the world with technology. There, CollabNet was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for leading an industry in transforming the state of software development across entire industries. As a dramatic example of this transformation, I’ve blogged before about CollabNet’s work with the US government to change the way the DoD procures and …

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Measuring Individual Performance: Can a Person Be Reduced to a Number?

One question that seems to come up again and again, with unfortunately greater frequency given the realities of lay offs in the current business climate, is: “How do we use Scrum to measure individual performance?” The short, and admittedly unsatisfying, answer is: “We don’t!” The team is a single unit in Scrum that succeeds or fails as a unit. We measure a Scrum team’s performance by how they make and meet their commitments, most importantly through regular inspection of working software (which is our sole measure of progress in an agile context). When we commit to doing Scrum, we commit …

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Soft Skills – What Do They Have to Do with Scrum?

On my Danube blog, I really try to stick to Scrum-specific topics that will help our clients, the software community, and other interested folks navigate the challenging process of Scrum transformations. In my daily life as a Scrum advocate, I encounter many misinterpretations of Scrum and I hope that, through my blogs, I can contribute to a better understanding of Scrum’s simple yet powerful parts and principles. That said, I responded to a question on my LinkedIn profile earlier this week and received some personal responses about how helpful the answer was, so I thought I would post my thoughts …

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Why Are Scrum Teams Supposed to Be Small?

One of the things we advocate in Scrum (and really most agile proponents do as well) is small cross-functional teams. I discussed what we meant by cross-functional and some of the reasons why in a previous entry. Now I’d like to look at why we recommend small teams. Two of the key principles of Scrum are self-management/self-organization and high levels of communication. Bearing on both these principles is the notion of channels of communication as a function of group size. For any group there are a definite number of communication channels (i.e. channel connecting one person to one other person). …

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