There are a lot of ALM tools out there - so many that it can become a problem to keep it all straight, and it can be difficult to track information between platforms. That's the problem that the newest version of Collabnet's Teamforge, 7.2, aims to address: the interconnection of disparate tools.
A variety of new features and enhancements have come with 7.2. For example:
- The Task Board view, which allows for flexible pick-and-choose adoption of select Agile patterns
- The Activity Stream, which demonstrates the interconnected nature of TeamForge's Open ALM Platform by displaying activities/events from various tools connected to TeamForge (Jira, for example)
- The "Traceability Matrix," which gives context to an activity by showing connections between activities (even from unrelated tools). For example, a Jira artifact might show relevant commits.
- A wide range of Git/Gerrit enhancements.
In other words, there are a lot of useful ways to gather information from the various tools you work with and see how that information relates. Take a look at that traceability matrix, for example:
All in all, it looks like a pretty interesting set of tools. I had a chance to speak with Chris Clarke, Senior VP of Product Management Strategy at CollabNet, who described the central focus of TeamForge as:
Not Agile, but agility
That's not to denigrate Agile as a whole (even if it might need some review), but to point to a practical approach where the end result of a process is more important than the actual step-by-step details of the process itself. As a wise man once said:
Working software is the primary measure of progress