To help software development managers concentrate more on the software and less on the logistics, software tool provider Telerik has released an update to its TeamPulse agile project management software, including a new HTML 5 interface intended to enhance efficiency.
Christopher Eyhorn, Telerik executive vice president of application lifecycle management tools, said in a statement that the new release “further cements our commitment to making software development as easy as possible for organizations of all sizes.” He added that this second edition of TeamPulse helps users “minimize the overhead related to daily status monitoring” and simplifies project maintenance.
In addition to TeamPulse, Telerik’s product portfolio includes web content management system Sitefinity, application development tools KendoUI, Icenium and DevTools, and testing tool TestStudio. In July, Telerik added digital asset management functionality to Sitefinity, and in May it added cloud-based services to its Icenium development platform, eliminating the need for supporting infrastructure.
The new interface in TeamPulse offers what the company described as a simpler, more intuitive and adaptable UI. The software can be customized to enhance efficiency, including such capabilities as creating custom fields for work items related to specific development processes, or customizing screens, boards or list views for sharing project data. Eyhorn has told news media that the updated interface is designed so that TeamPulse will adapt to users’ projects and practices, rather than vice-versa.
Extended Integration with TFS
The updated TeamPulse allows multiple projects to be planned, tracked and updated from a single screen, so that users can switch back and forth between single and multi-project mode and between Boards, Backlog and Analytics Dashboards. Work items can be dragged-and-dropped to fine tune resource allocations.
The new release also extends its integration with the Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), enabling teams to associate TeamPulse work items with TFS check-in’s and change monitoring of source code.
Broadly speaking, agile software development is focused on iterative methods, with requirements evolving from the emerging results. At the other end of the spectrum of software development is the waterfall approach, where a needs assessment document leads to the requirements document, specifications, coding and UI development, testing and deployment, more or less in that order.
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