Recently Rally Software announced the acquisition of AgileZen, a web-based collaboration tool for Kanban. In this episode of AgileTalk, Patrick Egan, chats with Todd Olson, Director of Product Marketing at Rally about the exciting news. Todd talks about how AgileZen fits into Rally's suite of products and how this acquisition will affect the agile community.
Kanban is an emerging process in the community that seems to be gaining traction for teams that have different styles of work. Rally has chosen to become a leader in this area by acquiring an industry leading Kanban product and partnering with its customers. By combining the visibility and collaboration of Scrum and Kanban, Rally's support for mixed methodologies really gets a boost.
Rally is continuing to focus on the end-user by constantly upgrading their products and portfolio. They've even acquired an iPhone app to give users up to the minute status updates and the ability to make changes from around the globe in a very simple and easy way.
Rally has clearly established itself as a thought leader in the agile community. For more information on Rally Software, visit them at http://www.rallydev.com For more AgileTalk, visit us at http://www.agilejournal.com
Patrick Egan, Publisher of the Agile Journal http://agileJournal.com talked with Robert Holler, CEO of VersionOne about their Summer Release which features enhanced product roadmapping, project workspaces and a new Salesforce.com integration, CaseConnect. You can view this video to hear the entire interview.
During this interview, Robert talked about how excited he and his organization are about Agile 2010 and the trends that they have seen in the industry this year including the strategic adoption of agile within organizations. Robert discussed that VersionOne’s latest product features were developed based on these trends and customer feedback. In particular, this year, some of their product enhancements include enhanced roadmapping facilities to align delivery and strategy, a project workspace so that teams can adapt the system to their own particular needs but still allow rollup and reporting capabilities across the organization, an integration with Salesforce and enhanced customer reporting and analytics.
Patrick then asked Robert to expand on what is unique about this summer’s release. Robert went on to explain that they have seen the full life cycle of strategic planning move into the ALM arena and VersionOne further aligned their offering with these changes. Now, with VersionOne’s enhanced drag and drop facilities, users are able to lay out visually where the enterprise is going to be next month, next quarter or even the next few years. These new capabilities allow users to adopt agile throughout the enterprise by allowing teams to control their own processes, workflows,etc. and manage this at their level without losing the visibility of all projects across the enterprise. Robert explained that they have targeted their offerings to replace non integrated tools with a nice visually integrated environment that ties the entire life cycle together from conception to delivery.
Patrick then drilled into how VersionOne’s products could be used outside of the development organization? Robert explains VersionOne that their “ultimate edition” in particular extends agile outside the development team and provides reporting, feedback and collaboration with different teams, executives and customers.
Finally Patrick asked what’s on the horizon for VersionOne? VersionOne has extended their products out even further into the community through their partnerships with Agile Journal as well as their own open community platform with the best agile content available. They are also delivering agile events (Agile Palooza), tool conferences (Agile in Action) and a webinars series called Agile Live, all to help users navigate the complex agile waters today.
Robert also spoke about their newest offering, Agile Sherpa which was launched at the Agile 2010 show. This is a guide to the best agile practices and methods, as well as a self-service platform for a training and event calendar and the latest agile news.
You’ll be able to hear all this and more from Robert Holler in this video podcast.