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KanbanIt has been an exciting 3 weeks since we launched the GA release of SwiftKanban.  Clearly, Kanban for software development and IT teams is being seen as the elusive weapon that promises to take Agile to the enterprise.  From the volume of queries and the common themes of the inquiries, it is clear Agile practitioners know what they are looking for and will be demanding the right solution to help them make the transition to being an Agile enterprise.

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SaaS Survey

Is Agile ALM on SaaS for you?

Tales of LeanIn the last 2 years, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) as a delivery model for corporate applications has found a significant amount of support.  In the aftermath of the 2008 economic crash worldwide, there has been a surge of interest in exploring the SaaS model for a variety of reasons – mainly around reducing up-front investment typically associated with on-premise license purchases (operating expenses vs. capital expenses), ease of getting up and running, the ability to opt-out if you didn’t like the software, and several others.

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When is a project too small or too short for ALM?

Tales of LeanTo my mind the phrase Application Lifecycle Management naturally means managing the lifecycle of an application. An application’s life begins humbly – with a request from a user or a customer, which fights for its survival amongst scores of similar requests.  Once it wins, an application – however small or large – gets implemented/ developed to meet that request.  Once deployed, an application has a life, the length of which is determined by a number of factors such as TCO and conformance to changing business requirements.  The moment these factors weigh against the application, out it goes…

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Agile Coach Camp

Digité Participates in Agile Coach Camp 2010

Tales of LeanDigite recently sponsored a team at the Agile Coach Camp (Goa, India) organized by ASCI (Agile Software community of India) where a good number of agile coaches and practitioners from various leading organizations and cities of India met in an open space format, to discuss various Agile coaching and implementation issues, as well as share notes on various flavors and practices of Agile being implemented in different organizations.

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Product Engineering depends on ALM Lifeline

Tales of LeanIf there is one team that epitomizes the ‘Structured Chaos, Unstructured Innovation’ mantra, it is the Digité Engineering team! Our daily churn across different engineering streams of new releases, maintenance and Patch Releases, as well as responding to Support and field issues are all done in a day’s work! As Director, Engineering at Digité, my job is to make sure we are all pulling in the same direction!

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How ALM Tools Can Help Key Software Processes

ALM ToolsIn a recent exchange, I was asked what the typical ALM tools do to address three key challenges around process improvement and compliance in software/ IT organizations, and more specifically, what we at Digité do about them. I felt these would be of interest to others as well, so here is a summary of that exchange. Most tools lack any (effort) estimation capability and most estimates falter. This is one area that remains a challenge for most organizations and application/ software projects are notorious for not meeting their original effort/ cost/ time estimates.

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Is PPM Enough?

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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