Pulsed Agile for Fast IT

Posted by Andy Singleton on Sep 10, 2014 12:47:00 PM

iOS 8 was unboxed today for developers, and some of our customers have a of batch mobile apps that need to be updated.  Some of our customers maintain batches of Websites or microsites, and they update different sites at different times. These customers need to be agile and responsive, but they don't fit the traditional "agile" idea of a team that works on one project for a long series of releases.  They switch their attention to the most important project at any given time, and deliver one improvement (a milestone, in the Assembla system). Then, they often switch to a different task.  They work in pulses.  Each milestone or pulse is like a small waterfall project with budgeting and scheduling negotiations, planning, implementation, and delivery.

We can make a study of this pulsed agile process and figure out how to make it run more smoothly. This article is a place to start.  Let's figure it out.

Traditional agile processes are not a good guide for pulsing, because they assume that you have a team that works full time on one project for a long time.  In a Scrum agile process, your team has periodic sprint planning meetings, and they get good at estimating about their one project.  It’s not fair to ask for the same level of bottom-up estimating when picking up a dormant project.  If you have more than one project running, you get pathological behavior like one person going to multiple sprint and standup meetings.

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Topics: Fast IT

Portfolio Improvements for Managing Multiple Digital Projects

Posted by Leandro Camargo on Sep 9, 2014 12:31:00 PM

We've been working hard to deliver good stuff to our Portfolio/Enterprise clients. In this particular case, they are more interesting for the enterprise users that have multiple workspaces (or commonly called by us as "spaces") and projects going on under the same roof. If you're not that kind of user but are interested in becoming one, check out our Enterprise package

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Topics: assembla releases, enterprise, portfolio, Fast IT

2 Ways Fast IT Helps Agencies and Development Shops

Posted by Andy Singleton on Sep 2, 2014 2:27:00 PM

Service providers use the Fast IT pitch to win business and increase quality and profitability.  

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Topics: Fast IT

Upcoming changes and improvements to Assembla Portfolio and Enterprise

Posted by Andy Singleton on Aug 25, 2014 5:29:00 PM

We are upgrading our enterprise and portfolio packages so that our customers can more easily launch, manage and maintain a large number of Fast IT projects. We are also adding new features which will help them track milestones -- the commitments they have made to clients and stakeholders -- and get them delivered on time and on budget.
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Make Fast IT work for you

Posted by Andy Singleton on Aug 13, 2014 3:27:00 PM

Fast IT projects are Web sites, mobile apps, digital marketing, SaaS integrations, and other projects that need monthly or weekly planning.  We find a lot of these projects on Assembla.  The Fast IT concept has been helpful for our customers who are trying to manage these projects with increasing professionalism.  We are shaping the Assembla roadmap to help Fast IT work more smoothly. 


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[Recap] Fast IT: Concepts and Examples from Assembla and Attivio

Posted by Adam Feber on Jul 31, 2014 4:51:00 PM

Last week, Sid Probstein, CTO of Attivio, and Andy Singleton, founder of Assembla presented a webinar about “Fast IT,” a new way of managing rapidly changing and Agile projects in areas like mobile, Web, analytics and marketing applications, while working smoothly with reliable core systems ("Core IT"). Andy discussed the dynamics of Fast IT, and Sid presented a case study of how Attivio spun up a major Business Intelligence app in two weeks with two people.

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Topics: videos/podcasts, Fast IT

Assembla now allows automatic payments with PayPal

Posted by Adam Feber on Jul 25, 2014 2:17:00 PM

Paying for your Assembla subscription with PayPal has never been easier. We recently added the ability to set up recurring payments with PayPal that will automatically pay for your Assembla subscription every billing period, whether that be monthly or annually. Previously, it was a manual process that required logging in and paying every time an invoice was created.

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Topics: assembla releases

Post Assembla events to your favorite chat apps: Slack, HipChat, Flowdock & more

Posted by Adam Feber on Jul 15, 2014 8:26:00 PM

If your team uses Slack, HipChat, Flowdock, or Bigplans for communication, we have added preconfigured webhooks to make setting up these integrations painless. Once configured, you can selectively manage the Assembla events that are posted out to these apps, such as ticket activity, commits, deploys, etc., to monitor project activity in real-time, inline with other team communication.

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Topics: collaboration, assembla releases, Integration

Interested in cryptocurrencies? Get started with 1000 free Ripple XRP

Posted by Andy Singleton on Jul 15, 2014 2:55:00 PM

Ripple is a protocol for value exchange that makes it easy to transfer and trade fiat currencies, Bitcoin, or XRP - the native asset of the Ripple network.

Assembla is giving away 1000 free XRP (the Ripple native cyptocurrency) to any person with software development skills who is interested in learning about Ripple development. Get it here: https://www.assembla.com/ripple

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Topics: open source

Assembla Bigplans Integration How-To

Posted by Adam Feber on Jul 15, 2014 12:26:00 PM

If you use Assembla and Bigplans, we have added a pre-configured webhook making it easy to post Assembla events out to your Bigplans chat room. Check out below for configuration instructions.

Bigplans is a simple, integrated way to manage a distributed team.  It includes a "lean" task board, real-time chat, and a unique "advisor" (a real person) that helps you get on-demand resources if you need them.  For programming teams, it includes a tight integration with Assembla login and Assembla tickets. 

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Topics: collaboration, assembla releases, Integration

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