FREE Agile Project Management Tool from Rally

Rally Software is offering a a free 10-seat subscription to their award-winning Agile lifecycle management solution COMMUNITY EDITION.   The COMMUNITY EDITION is Rally’s on-line project room pulls together everything a cross-functional team needs to collaborate around their iterations and daily work. It is an ideal alternative to open source project management tools because it enables your team to pilot Agile in a no-cost, low burden Software-as-a-Service environment. Rally Community Edition also provides a seamless upgrade path to Rally Enterprise Edition, so you can incrementally adopt and scale Agile.

FEATURES INCLUDE:
Organize Stories, Tasks, Tests & Defects -Centralize everything the team needs to build and rank backlogs, estimate size, and groom items for planning and scheduling.
Plan and Track Iterations (Sprints) -Balance commitments against your team’s velocity and help everyone focus on advancing ideas to delivery.
Collaborate via Personal Dashboards & Social Media Tools -Participate in the flow of activities on your team and tailor your views and notifications to help you get the right things done.
Automatic Reports and Agile Metrics – Trend your performance and easily share progress and forecasts with all stakeholders.
High-performance web service is zero effort to deploy and maintain – Deliver great software and trust Rally to protect your data and keep it accessible to your global teams.

Rally Community Edition includes:

  • Free for 10 Users, One Project
  • Seamless Transition to Enterprise
  • Extensive Web Support
  • Defect Management and Test Tracking
  • 3 Custom Fields, Views and Reports
  • No Obligation or Commitment

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The Agile Business Analyst

Rapidly changing market conditions are requiring companies to shorten delivery cycles and become more responsive to customer expectations. Agile development methodologies are leading the way, helping software development teams adjust to the new economy. Agile challenges our notion of software engineering best practices, project management methodology and how we lead our teams.

The agile movement impacts every role on a project team differently and creates opportunities to learn new skills and develop new ways of working together.

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Crossing the Chasm (w/ Geoffrey Moore)

Hear from Geoffrey Moore himself about “Crossing the Chasm”, one of the Top 100 business books ever published.  This audio will give you an excellent thorough discussion on Moore’s book.

If you are a Product Manager, Product Owner, Business person, someone who wantsto understand how the market adopts and accepts products – then this is a must listen audio.

Forrester reported this week that Agile is going Mainstream

Forrester acknowledged that Agile is going mainstream and most certainly crossing the proverbial business chasm that Geoffrey Moore talks about in his book “Crossing the Chasm“.  Crossing the Chasm is not easy, but Forrester’s survey’s have revealed that Agile is starting to cross over !!!   Moore divides organizations into 5 groups as shown in Figure below. (read more at “Holistic Agility needed for Scaling“)

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REPORT – Agile Development Management Tools (Forrester Q2 2010)

Executive Summary

In Forrester’s evaluation of Agile development management (ADM) tool vendors, we found that IBM and MKS led the pack with the best overall current feature sets.  Atlassian, CollabNet, and Microsoft are also Leaders with capable products and aggressive strategies that will result in significant product improvements in 2010 and beyond. Rally Software Development is also a category Leader; it offers the best current balance of product capability and strategic outlook. HP, Serena Software, and VersionOne are Strong Performers offering competitive options. In the case of HP and Serena, their products are new introductions to the market and should improve as the vendors mature and gain customers. VersionOne is a stalwart in the Agile space that offers excellent planning capabilities but is less flexible than other products when it comes to reporting and integration with application life-cycle management (ALM) tools. And while the solution recently acquired by Micro Focus appeals to client-server and legacy developers, Micro Focus must clarify its future strategy for ADM before it can move into a
leadership position.

Table of Contents

  • Agile Development Is Rapidly Becoming The Norm
  • Agile Development Management Tools
  • Evaluation Overview
  • The Forrester ADM Wave Reveals Leaders And
  • Strong Performers
  • Vendor Profiles
  • Supplemental Material

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Think you are Agile? ….how do you know?

I was recently involved in an organization that wanted to transition their software development teams to Agile since 2 of the teams had been doing 2-week iterations for over 6 months.  The problem was, that despite the manager yelling that they “were already Agile”, they were not delivering valuable and potentially shippable increments frequently nor consistently (iteration after iteration), nor were they adapting to changing priorities and customer needs along the way.

The essence of Agile is not whether or not a team is doing TDD or pairing or automated regression testing, (although I strongly believe they are all good practices and I evangelize them to all my clients).  Being Agile means delivering business value frequently and consistently while adapting to changing business needs.  No matter what practices are being followed, if you are not doing this then your not Agile.  That’s where assesments come in…

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Retrospectives – Make Good Teams Great !

Project retrospectives do more than just help teams examine what went right and what went wrong on a project. They help improve productivity, quality, team trust and more.  Where as traditionally, retrospectives (also known as “post-mortems” or “lessons learned”) are only performed at the end of the project — too late to help.

This 50 min video discusses how organizations using iterative, incremental methods, Agile retrospectives are used to stimulate continuous improvement throughout a project.

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • The retrospective cycle
  • Where it fits in the Agile process
  • What are the 5 parts to a retrospective
  • Where will it get you?
  • How to support change

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WEBINAR – Becoming Agile

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Learn how more traditional PMBOK and Waterfall organizations are becoming agile…and listen to great Q&A sessions with the audience

TOPICS COVERED

  • Is Agile only for software projects?
  • How and Where to identify areas to leverage Agile
  • How do you move to Agile?
  • How does Agile affect the traditional Project Manager role?
  • and more…

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David J Andersen’s book on KANBAN is out….

The founder of KANBAN and the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN),  David J Andersen, just released his latest book called “KANBAN: Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business”.

Kanban allows businesses to leverage Agile-Lean approaches for software developement and beyond.

See how this “continuous improvement” and “change methodology” can help your company adopt Agilility as well in chapters that will cover:

  • Solving an Agile Manager’s Delemma
  • What is the Kanban Method?
  • Benefits of Kanban
  • Implementing Kanban
  • Making Improvements
  • Issue Management and Escalation Policies
  • and more…..

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David J Andersen’s book on KANBAN is out…
The founder of KANBAN, David J Andersen, just released his latest book called “KANBAN:Successful Evolutionary Change for your Technology Business”.
Kanban allows businesses to leverage Agile-Lean approaches for software developement and beyond.
See how this “continuous improvement” and “change methodology” can help your company adopt Agilility as well.
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Agility Starts with Understanding the Business

Organizations today are facing a crisis.  Productivity is one-quarter of 1965 levels.   Innovation continues to decline. Workers are disgruntled. Customers are frustrated. Brands are unraveling. Executive turnover is accelerating. In the last 25 years, start-ups created 40 million jobs in the US, while established firms created almost none. Traditional management is broken.

Agility enables an organization to respond quickly to external forces (such as new market opportunities and competitive forces) as well as to respond quickly to new insights attained internally.

Moving beyond effective teams: While many have achieved local optimizations of more effective teams, few have achieved agility at the enterprise level.  Even when team agility has been achieved, if improvements to how the business is selecting their product enhancements isn’t done, overall return on investment of software development may not have significantly improved.

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NEW Self-Study Course: Immunize Your Project Against Agile Failure

Are you working on your agile adoption, and it’s more difficult than you think it should be?

  • You may be experiencing process failure, team failure, or project failure.
  • Maybe you’re lucky, and you’re not failing—but you’re just limping along, not getting all the benefits you expect from your agile transition.
  • Or, maybe you’re thinking of transitioning to agile, but your management won’t pay for training. Or, you’ve transitioned for a pilot team, but you want to roll out to more teams.

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