Tales of LeanIn an indication of the growing ranks of software product/ engineering companies in India, Nasscom – India's premier software industry association – organized its 3rd Annual Product Enclave, in India's Silicon Valley – Bangalore. I was there to represent Digite there along with my colleagues. The theme at this year's conference was "Positioning to Win" – and underscored the need for software companies to establish their brand globally through innovation – both in product and marketing – and thought-leadership.

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ALM ToolsRecently, I got asked this question by a prospect – a large bank's SEPG head. Their exact question was – How does Digité help with the developer experience? Clearly, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools have made the life of the PMO, the SEPG, the Quality group, the Project Managers and the executive management better. But how do they benefit the folks doing the actual development?!

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ALM ToolMany of our customers ask the question - why have ALM tools not become a project necessity? Why are they not more “visible”? Are you one of those still wondering if YOU need one? Let me give you some real data from our own example using Digité Enterprise to help you decide.Our code base is 1.4M LOC, certified on 2 databases, 2 app servers on 2 Operating Systems. That means 8 stack combinations, ignoring that we run on both IE and FF.

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PPM I have spent a lot of time over the last 10 years discussing or working with a large number of our customers who have moved away from the ‘traditional’ methods of managing software projects to a more centralized and “institutional” method. An overwhelmingly large number of these companies have evaluated Project Portfolio Management (PPM) tools as their first option for moving away from their disparate solutions, which usually would be a combination of MS Project on the desktop, email, spreadsheets and a lot of hand-waving!

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Tales of LeanThe topic of Requirements and Change Management continues to spark enthusiastic debate and discussion amongst the software community. And for obvious reasons! I was talking to an industry analyst recently – and he himself drew attention to the fact that software requirements are so hard to do, unlike a bridge or a tunnel or building - where requirements were so much easier to define. Absolutely!

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digiteCame across this wonderful presentation on product design by Peter Merholz of Adaptive Path. Please take some time to go through it as it will certainly be useful to you at some point in your career. Here are my notes from the presentation. These points would be much more clear if you see the presentation where Peter gives some very interesting examples to support it...

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Tales of Lean Here is an invention that will boggle your mind. These are the new light bulbs that are use virtually no electricity and they last for 50,000 hours. (That is 6 years of continuous operation!) The fins on the light bulb are actually designed to allow heat to dissipate. These bulbs are designed by the company LightingScience. Each bulb costs over $125 each!!! Before you jump to conclusion that you will never buy such an expensive light bulb, consider the fact that you will save enough electricity in 7-8 months to offset the price.

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digiteIt is a long shot but I would be curious to track what these kids come up with next and how it affects Globally distributed ALM space! These guys could very well come up with the next disruptive phenomenon/paradigm that we so desperately need! And who better to do it than co-founders of Facebook? Click on the link below for the full article or just read the excerpt below.

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NASSCOMI had the pleasure of attending the second annual product conclave conference organized by NASSCOM. This year I was not only an attendee but a speaker too. The conference was held on August 11th and 12th at the Grand Ashok hotel in Bengaluru. This year there was much more participation than last year which was the inception year for product conclave conference.

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googleGoogle has been named the world's number one and most powerful brand for the second year in a row, with an estimated value at $85,057 million. This, according to BrandZ's top 100 brand ranking for 2008. If you notice a company such as Nike is coming at #53. This is very surprising to me! I see lot more advertising and marketing done by Nike as compared to Google.

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