BY| December 23, 2014 | Agile ALM
As the year draws to a close, the overwhelming feeling at Digité is one of gratitude! It has been a momentous year for us here at Digité – and we have our employees, customers and partners to thank for that! During the year, we saw tremendous strides in our products SwiftKanban and SwiftALM – and a surge in their usage around the globe. This has been possible due to 3 key factors.
As the year draws to a close, the overwhelming feeling at Digité is one of gratitude! It has been a momentous year for us here at Digité – and we have our employees, customers and partners to thank for that!
1. The adoption of Lean/ Agile principles and practices, especially a focus on Continuous Delivery built on top of test automation, continuous build and deployment – and increasingly shorter delivery-to-market cycles. Whether our customers are looking to internal vendors/ delivery teams or whether it’s a services company delivering to external customers, the criticality of delivering more often has become mainstream!
Consequently, the ‘pull’ for Lean/ Kanban principles of Optimizing Flow, reducing Delivery Cadence and improving Throughput and Cycle Time has been significant not just on the IT/ Engineering side of organizations but also on the business side! While IT/ Engineering organizations have taken the lead in adoption, business functions such as HR, Procurement, Marketing and Sales, Professional Services, have seen a surge in adopting some of the same principles to gain Business Agility in the larger organization!
Both in SwiftALM and SwiftKanban, the use of lightweight tools such as STaRT and the visual Kanban Board, iterative delivery planning, and an integrated tools ecosystem has helped our customers push forward their Agile initiatives across the organization.
2. The push for greater Collaboration amongst disparate and distributed parts of the organization has led to an accelerated push for automation and tooling. Both SwiftALM and SwiftKanban have been enthusiastically adopted by both small and large organizations, as they have felt the need for better coordination, collaboration and planning amongst teams and organizations.
As a result, the need to automate manual/ physical tracking systems for greater Visualization, moving to electronic Kanban tools and Agile Project Management tools has surged! In addition, the use of collaboration features including Search, Chat, synchronized Board Updates, etc. have been in great demand.
One other area which has become a key method of collaboration is the integration across different tools allowing users across different functions, roles and their customers to better connect and to make more educated and informed decision making. Our SwiftSync enterprise integration technology has allowed customers to connect a variety of tools across the Project Lifecycle – and thus help teams collaborate better!
3. Finally, the focus on Enterprise-wide Productivity has never been greater. The ability to get teams and organizations across the enterprise deliver to greater levels of Productivity, Cycle Time, Efficiency and several other measures, has encouraged companies around the globe to adopt and use key measures to help their teams better understand their own performance, get a greater insight to their operations and thus be better prepared to forecast and predict their performance and output. One of the most popular features in our SwiftKanban product has been the Board PlayBack – which allows teams to simply ‘play back’ the board to see how they performed and where they needed to improve. The focus is gradually shifting from upfront estimation and sizing to using models for better forecasting.
This has been possible in SwiftKanban with the use of simple tools such as the Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) and Throughput/ Velocity charts as well as sophisticated models such as the Monte Carlo Simulation and other Statistical Models for project forecasting. Metrics such as Flow Efficiency, Blocker Analysis and Adjacency Matrix have helped them understand process issues and improve processes for greater Flow.
In SwiftALM, the SwiftReports/ SwiftRules modules have become a key tool for enabling organizations implement sophisticated reports and metrics to measure and monitor key organizational performance parameters.
All of this would not be possible without the enthusiastic feedback and suggestions that we always receive from our customers, a lot of which we are committed to incorporating in our products.
Services and Support to Match!
Not only did we win kudos for the strides we made in our product suite, we also won plaudits for the way we have supported our customers throughout the Implementation Cycle and beyond.
Our entire team has responded with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of ownership to ensure that we have helped our customers migrate from their existing tools and infrastructure to a new department or enterprise-wide Lean/ Agile solution smoothly and seamlessly.
At the same time, if on occasion, we faltered, we are truly grateful for the patience that our customers have shown our people – and build on some fantastic relationships that we are tremendously proud of!
2015 and Beyond – Partnership and Growth
As 2014 draws to a close, we at Digité stand committed more than ever to bring Enterprise-class Lean/ Agile products and solutions for our customers. We are proud not only of our great customer relationships – but also our association with industry thought leaders who have helped us reach beyond what we might do on our own.
In the coming year, we are excited to bring these partnerships to fruition in many forms – and we look to the feedback and support of our entire customer base to help in our quest to bring pioneering and innovative products and solutions for the Lean/ Agile Enterprise.
We wish you all a Very Happy, Successful and Agile 2015!