As follow up to our initiative to improve management of multiple digital projects, we just released the new Portfolio Overview page to make easy to build a new portfolio and manage your deliverables. This page is designed to address the following use cases:
New Feature: Clone your tickets!. Many users asked in our feedback site feedback.assembla.com to be able to clone tickets. Now you can do it!
We have added a list of product changes and updates, here. You will see a link to the most recent product update on your start page. You can also see the list of updates in the notification center. We're continuously delivering changes and improvements. The update list is a much-requested feature that will help our users take advanage of those changes. Although we also post updates on our blog and in our "What's new at Assembla" newsletter, this very simple feature gives you a quick view of any new updates over the last 2 weeks right inside the app.
Topics: assembla releases
Are you interested in moving your organization to continuous delivery so you can be FAST and COMPETITIVE? Do you want to catch up with competitor like Amazon that upgrade frequently and relentlessly? This video explains how the Fast IT layer can help you do it.
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.
Topics: Fast IT
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.
Service providers use the Fast IT pitch to win business and increase quality and profitability.
Topics: Fast IT
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.
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.