Agile 2013 Vendor Roundup (Part 4)
VersionOne is a title sponsor of the conference again this year.
They launched their Summer 2013 Release at the conference, offering collaboration capabilities to all software stakeholders. This release has two new features that simplify collaboration with external stakeholders and program managers:
• PlanningRooms and Conversations+ (pronounced Conversations Plus).
• PlanningRooms and Conversations+ remove everyday communication barriers and provide an open space where stakeholders can make good decisions quickly at the program level.
VersionOne also opened its 2013 State of Agile Development Survey. Participants who share their Agile experiences will be entered to win one of several prizes, including a Cube 3D Printer, plus two iPad Minis and three $100 Amazon gift cards. They also get first access to the results. Read more and take the survey.
LeanKit is a tool for implementing Kanban for any type of work and for scaling Kanban to large organizations. They anouonced the release of new capabilities for forecasting and risk management using the data captured in the tool. The core tool provides the data collection, which is then used to execute Monte Carlo simulations on the project to provide a range of possible outcomes with their likelihood and identify the factors which will have a significant impact on the likely outcomes. The product allows checking of the forcasts against actual results and narrows down the forcasting based on actual progression as the project continues, with the goal of providing leading rather than trailing estimates.
Axosoft is promoting their OnTime Scrum product, which they claim is the #1 selling scrum software in the world. They maintain it has a fast, intuitive user experience for dev teams to be able to get in and out of the tool quickly, while providing deep customization, integration and dashboard capabilities for managers and executives. They also provide additional Bug Tracker, HelpDesk and Wiki modules. At the conference they announced the availability of OnTime Enterprise edition which includes all five OnTime modules, priority support and remote setup and training. (http://www.OnTimeNow.com/) They also announced a JIRA to OnTime migration and Import tool which uses APIs to pull and push data between systems. The import options allow mapping of projects, items, priorities, statuses and users, custom fields and attachments.
HP emphasised their global reach and depth of experience. They promoted their new Agile Manager solution, which they say has advanced analytics, an intuitive UI and comprehensive development tool integration. They are also promoting their tools for mobile application development,
Redgate are promoting their tools which bring the ability to do continuous delivery to the database layer, with tools for source control, database structure and data compare, CI automation, documentation generation, test data generation, unit testing and deployment for SQL databases.
IIBA The International Institute for Business Analysis is promoting the recently released Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge ®, built by a collaborative team in conjunction with the Agile Alliance. The IIBA is a membership based organisation offering certification for business analysis practitioners.
ESI is a training organisation with 33 years experience delivering training courses in project management and business analysis, they are promoting their recently launched Agile curriculum. They provide courses covering the range from PMI-ACP Exam Preparation, through to Project Portfolio Management Using Agile. They offer the ability to customize content for specific clients, and the ability to deliver training across the globe in multiple languages and via a blend of modalities. They are making their library of Agile white papers, research, and webinars available to the community, with topics such as: Metrics for Agile Projects, Developing Effective Agile Requirements, and Agile Project Management in Government.
Blueprint develops a requirements definition and management tool. They are promoting Blueprint V5 with a focus on Enterprise Agile Requirements which is compatible with, and doesn’t presume, any particular Agile development approach (e.g. Scrum, Extreme Programming, Feature Driven Development, Kanban). The requirements management approach is also compatible with, and also don’t presume, any particular enterprise Agile framework (e.g.Disciplined Agile Development, Scaled Agile Framework, SDLC 3.0).
Aside from the sponsors who exhibited at the conference there were a number of sponsors who support the conference through different tracks or in other ways:
Esther Derby Associates sponsors the Enterprise Agile track
Agile Coaching Institute sponsors the Coaching and Mentoring track
Inflectra sponsors the Quality Assurance track
Smits Management Consultancy sponsors the Leadership track
B2T Training sponsors the Working with Customers track
FutureWorks Consulting sponsors the internet access for the conference
Assembla support the conference
Eliassen Group support the conference
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(Other popular choices in the OS category are IceScrum and Kunagi)