Software companies jump on agile programming bandwagon

Compuware, Rally Software, and Daptiv are among the companies launching tools to assist with agile software development processes

Software companies are eager to hop on the agile development train, providing wares to help clients leverage agile development processes such as Scrum in their IT shops.

With agile projects software is developed in short iterations, allowing for more user feedback and more flexibility. Agile is seen as the alternative to waterfall processes; with waterfall, aspects of a project are mapped out in a pre-ordained plan. Compuware, Rally Software, and Daptiv are leveraging capabilities for agile in products announced this month.

At a conference this week Compuware launched Agile Accelerator, a pre-configured version of the company's Changepoint software for IT portfolio management (ITPM).

Touted at the Vision Events Project Portfolio Management Summit in the US, Agile Accelerator is intended to help customers more effectively manage agile development efforts, Compuware said. Agile Accelerator provides best practices for an agile development process as well as associated reporting requirements. Users can manage agile development within a broader portfolio of projects.

Agile Accelerator also includes Scrum project templates and sprint management configuration and reports, including reports for task boards, sprint task details, and burn up/burn down reports. The product also enables management of waterfall-type projects.

"While interest in and adoption of agile development are increasing, IT organizations are still also using traditional approaches. This requires a flexible ITPM solution to manages the total project portfolio and support these different methodologies," said Lori Ellsworth, vice president of Compuware Changepoint Solutions, in a statement released by the company. "Changepoint's Agile Accelerator helps our customers manage the end-to-end agile development effort -- from backlog to retrospection -- all within the context of the broader project portfolio view."

Rally Software said it has integrated reporting capabilities from its January acquisition of 6th Sense Analytics into its agile ALM solutions. Reporting features offer greater visibility into the status of agile projects and include a single-source reports tab. 6th Sense Analytics offered on-demand and automated metrics collection and analysis capabilities.

Enhanced reports and mashups available through the Rally reports tab include new iteration and burnup charts to view work delivered to gauge whether commitments will be met. Also featured is a release defect trend report and a dashboard mashup for new development iterations.

Rally agile lifecycle offerings are available in two editions: the Rally Community Edition, which is free for as many as 10 users, and Rally Enterprise Edition, which starts at $35 per month.

Daptiv last week launched Daptiv Scrum for managing and measuring application development projects. Higher-level insight is offered into Scrum processes from a business perspective. It is built on the Daptiv on-demand platform.

Daptiv uses Scrum itself. "Initially, our developer team had implemented another Scrum solution, but after finding that it didn't adequately meet our needs we decided to use the Daptiv platform to create a more efficient way to manage our Scrum projects," said Chris Lynch, vice president of engineering at Daptiv, in a statement released by the company.

Daptiv Scrum is available for US$35 per user per month.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags software developmentagile programming

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Krill

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?