Given the widespread adoption of Agile software development practices, project management leaders are struggling to redefine their roles. Many are trying to focus less on planning and controlling, and more on creating an environment that allows Agile projects to succeed.
However, even with this willingness to adopt Agile, integrating Agile projects into a project portfolio management (PPM) framework is often fraught with difficulty. Typically, project management offices (PMOs) are faced with reconciling different (and often conflicting) methodologies, metrics and controls. Furthermore, the rise of "best-of-breed" Agile development tools has led to islands of information being created outside of PPM tools used for executive decision-making.
Seeing the need to provide tighter integration and greater visibility across project portfolios using traditional and Agile methods, some vendors have recently stepped up to the challenge. Those vendors include Daptiv, Planisware and Rally Software.
Daptiv and Planisware are leading PPM players. Daptiv claims its software is used by more than 80,000 people worldwide, while Planisware claims to have more than 250,000 users worldwide.
Rally is the recognized leader in Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) and currently supports more than 2,600 corporate customers, 94,000 projects and 170,000 users in 60 countries.
Both Daptiv and Planisware have integrated their packages with Rally's ALM software.
The goal of the integrations is to enable customers using both traditional and Agile methodologies to create a "single source of truth" for executive reporting and decision-making, without disrupting the culture and work practices of an Agile team.
"We are committed to partnering with other leading independent software vendors to ensure our customers realize the maximum value from their investment in our award-winning Agile ALM platform," said Todd Olson, vice president of products at Rally.