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Starting Your Project to Product Journey: 3 Characteristics you Need From the Start

In my last blog, I emphasized how a compelling reason to change is a fundamental precondition for starting a project to product journey. In this blog, I take that a step further and discuss three key characteristics that your organization should create as they take their first steps.

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Starting your Project to Product Journey: Find a Compelling Reason to Change

Functioning in silos instead of cross-functional value streams, funding scope/projects instead of capacity, leadership collecting metrics on utilization instead of value delivered – many organizations are realizing that their current ways of organizing aren’t enough to stay competitive in a rapidly changing world. While they know they need to change, there’s not a lot of practical advice readily available that explains how to start that change from within.

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Testing to Improve Flow Means Happier Teams

There are many ways to assess the perceived viability or potential effectiveness of a proposed experiment. Teams can determine the options to improve flow, but it may not be clear what aspects of their work to address. While it’s best to start and get feedback as quickly as possible, a lightweight test may shine a light on one or more options to start with. Cynthia had just left an “energetic” meeting with some leaders at her organization.

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The Benefits of Tasktop's Affinity Modeling

Integration is all about getting data to where it needs to be — creating a copy of a specific set of information from one location to another — and then keeping those two copies in sync. In software delivery tools, the data of interest exists as objects termed “artifacts”, which are work items like features, stories, tasks, test cases, defects and requirements.

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Product Release: Tasktop Hub 21.4 - Integration-at-scale just got faster

The new product release for the Tasktop value stream management platform — Tasktop Hub 21.4 — is out today. The latest evolution of Hub makes integrating at enterprise-scale even faster than before. This release also adds TestRail and the Jira Portfolio plug-in to Tasktop’s 60+ connectors to best-of-breed Agile and DevOps tools. Other Flow Fabric™ Enhancements include improved performance for the MSPS connector.

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DevOps Enterprise Summit USA: Flow Metrics in Action

It’s been just over a week since this year’s virtual DevOps Enterprise Summit USA and I don’t know about you, but I am already missing the vibrant Slack conversations, the impromptu Gather interactions, the industry-leading content and the many networking opportunities that brought together the thriving DevOps community.

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VSMC Launches First Value Stream Management (VSM) Course

As a founding member of the Value Stream Management Consortium (VSMC), Tasktop is always seeking to support the industry and the growth of Value Stream Management (VSM) in as many ways as we can. We believe that VSM is critical for companies to not just survive but thrive in the Age of Software.

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3 Reasons Your SAFe Journey Has Lost Its Way

With the 2021 Global SAFe® Summit only a week away (September 27 – October 1), the software delivery community will come together once again to tackle that ever-pressing question: just how do you marry technical agility with business agility to support customers more effectively? The most popular framework for scaling software development, SAFe continues to serve as a one-stop-shop for Lean-Agile practices. Yet despite many success stories, not everyone is realizing SAFe’s potential.

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Tasktop Scoops Stevie Award for Great Employer in Software

I am pleased to announce that the 2021 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers has honored Tasktop with a Bronze Stevie Award for Employer of the Year in computer software. More than 950 nominations from organizations in 29 nations were evaluated in this year’s competition, with winners determined by the average scores of more than 70 professionals worldwide acting as judges.

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3 Most Common Excuses for Ignoring User Feedback in Federal Software Development

Organizations that can tap into the power of user feedback have seen enormous improvements in ROI over the past decades. It started with Agile via iterative deliveries of user value on a set cadence, usually every two to three weeks. As top-performers (those that understood and embraced Agile fundamentals) began to separate from their competitors, they sought more gains. Can we make our iterations shorter? How short? Enter DevOps.