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

Posted by Andy Singleton on Oct 28, 2014 4:56:00 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 pecific 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 10:22:00 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

New overview page helps you build your portfolio and deliver on time

Posted by Maxi Perez Coto on Oct 21, 2014 11:19:00 AM

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:

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Topics: portfolio, Milestones, Portfolio Management

New feature: Clone tickets

Posted by Andy Singleton on Oct 21, 2014 10:39:45 AM

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!

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New Feature: Product update list

Posted by Andy Singleton on Oct 16, 2014 7:42:00 PM

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.

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Topics: assembla releases

Fast IT - a bridge to Continuous Delivery

Posted by Andy Singleton on Oct 13, 2014 2:06:00 PM

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.

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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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