Critical Git vulnerability announced: Git clients update required

Posted by Ajit Umrani on Dec 18, 2014 7:40:00 PM

A critical Git security vulnerability was announced today, affecting all versions of the official Git client and all related software that interacts with Git repositories.

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Topics: git

The productivity power play with continuous agile

Posted by Ajit Umrani on Dec 3, 2014 4:36:35 PM

Assembla CEO, Andy Singleton is a big proponent of the "Continuous Agile" software development practices that combine Kanban Agile task management with continuous delivery code management. He has written an ebook on the topic and conducts workshops like this one on releasing software more frequently. Read Andy's thoughts on how these practices relate to software development productivity in this new article: The productivity power play: Practice, focus, and use big honking machines

What are you doing at your company to improve software development efficiency? What's working and what are the challenges? Share your experience in the comments section. We would love to hear from you. 

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Topics: Productivity,, continuous agile

Continuous Delivery is the New Normal for Software Development

Posted by Ajit Umrani on Nov 24, 2014 6:35:39 PM

SaaS teams have to release more and more frequently to stay competitive. Even a large percentage of non-SaaS companies are moving towards Continuous Delivery. But how can you and your teams release more frequently without losing quality or efficiency?

Andy Singleton, CEO of Assembla, has given several presentations and wrote articles on Continuous Delivery. Recently, Andy spoke at CTO Forum's Rethink Engineering conference in San Fransisco. He shared tactics winning software teams are using to release faster, innovate faster, and reduce stress. He did an overview of MAXOS, or Matrix Of Services, methodology of software development that organizations can levarege for continuous delivery at a large scale.

You can catch Andy's entire presentation right here.

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New Milestone Page in Assembla Unlocks Activity Data

Posted by Leandro Camargo on Nov 19, 2014 6:39:13 PM

The Milestones page in Assembla just got better with tracking activities and progress. As we promised a couple weeks ago with our previous Milestones related release, we are unveiling improvements to the Milestone details page that gives you more information and options in a single glance.

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Topics: Milestones, Portfolio Management

Assembla Files Tool Usability Improvement

Posted by Ajit Umrani on Nov 18, 2014 3:30:00 PM

* IMP Note: We are rolling out the new files tool to all of our users over the next couple of days. If you don't see the new layout and functionality yet, please check again in a day or two.

Assembla's files tool was originally designed as place holder for managing files attached to tickets. We added the Google Drive and DropBox integration over the years. But many Assembla users, who actively use files in their work, have been asking for the ability to create folders that would allow them to organize their files better. We are happy to announce that folders are now available and not only that - we have added new features!

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Topics: user experience, files tool

Bring Zen to Assembla - Integration with Zendesk is Now Available

Posted by Ajit Umrani on Nov 13, 2014 3:11:00 PM

Many of Assembla users who also utilize the Zendesk platform have been asking for an integration that will allow them to link a Zendesk ticket into an Assembla ticket. We are happy to announce that the integration with Zendesk is now available .

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Topics: project management, tickets/issue tracking, tutorials, API, Integration

Webinar: High Speed Software and Business Innovation, on November 19

Posted by Andy Singleton on Nov 5, 2014 7:19:00 PM

Join Andy Singleton, CEO of Assembla, and Brad Power of management consulting firm FCB Partners, to learn how online leaders like Amazon, Facebook, and Google have achieved new levels of speed and flexibility. Andy and Brad will explore concepts like Continuous Delivery, outside-in process definition, Fast IT, and Matrix of Services (MAXOS). This webinar is geared for executives as well as software development practitioners.  Sign up here.

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Topics: continuous delivery

UX Improvements: Wiki, Messages, and Webhooks

Posted by David Simpson on Nov 5, 2014 5:25:00 PM

Over the past few months we have begun to roll out UX improvements to some of our popular tools including Wiki, Messages and Webhooks. We are building more consistent layout patterns, and providing clear calls-to-action on the primary actions of the tool. It is our hope that by simplifying our interfaces and streamlining workflow processes you will be equipped to move through the tool faster. We are also focusing on adding controls for user guides, and providing contexual help in many places.

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Topics: product management, UX

Lean, metric-driven product development is the next frontier for all SaaS

Posted by Andy Singleton on Oct 28, 2014 5:56:00 PM


Many SaaS development teams have enough data about usage to see that "a very large percentage of our ideas are bad."  The challenge is actually using the data to drive a move away from vague product strategies, to directly seeing what customers care about.  They have "Lean Startup" on their minds.  They hunger to deliver work that has significance and meaning.  I had at least a dozen conversations about this topic in the last month.  It's the next frontier for all product development.

Here is the guide that I wrote for my team.  Please feel free to use it, modify it, and improve it.  Our internal version listed specific examples of time that we wasted, which  have been removed to protect the guilty, which was often me.

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Topics: Lean Principles, metric-drive product development

Track deliverables across multiple projects and multiple clients

Posted by Leandro Camargo on Oct 28, 2014 11:22:00 AM

Hooray! Here is another set of improvements following our last week release of the new portfolio overview page. If you oversee multiple projects for one or multiple clients and want to track deliverables for all the projects in one place, please read on.

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Topics: portfolio, Milestones, Portfolio Management

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