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Past Webinars and Podcasts

Tasktop has recently offered the following webinars and podcasts:

Tasktop 4.0 Release, Introducing Tasktop Data


 Thursday, November 6th

Presented by Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and
Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Officer


Mik Dave 

Learn more about Tasktop's 4.0 release, including a demonstration of our latest product - Tasktop Data. During this webinar, Mik Kersten, Tasktop's CEO and Co-Founder, and Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Officer, provides an overview of the new Sync functionality and discuss how Tasktop Data enables real-time software lifecycle analytics across the projects, domains and tools.

Learn how Sync 4.0 further expands Tasktop's extensive DevOps integration ecosystem to include more of the ITSM, Requirements and Test systems you're already using, including BMC Remedy, Serena Dimensions RM, Tricentis Tosca, GitHub Issues, IBM Bluemix and Polarian ALM.

See how we've continued to innovate Sync's unique Artifact Relationship Management (ARM) capabilities to support the synchronization of constructs used for organizing artifacts.

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Time to put Security into the Software Development Lifecycle


 Tuesday, September 30

Presented by Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Officer and Calvin Nguyen, WhiteHat Director of Product Management


Dave Calvin

Information security has been an important topic since the advent of computing, but over the last few years, high-profile security breaches have focused attention on ensuring that web applications and sites are not easy pickings for crackers.

Even though information security is critical, it has remained a separate activity from the software development processes. Why? Because until very recently there has been no way to automatically integrate security into the development process.

In this webinar you hear from both sides of the house with a security expert describing how introducing security into the lifecycle makes sense for the security discipline and Agile developer on why real time security information is crucial for Agile teams and the DevOps process. This webinar describes new ways to secure the software delivery process by connecting security vulnerabilities to defects, stories and the rest of the lifecycle artifacts.

Dave West, Tasktop Chief Product Officer, describes the benefits of an integrated lifecycle for development and how it will improve existing Agile processes and DevOps practices.

Calvin Nguyen, WhiteHat Director of Product Management, approaches the integrated lifecycle from a security domain point of view, highlighting the key benefits to the organization.


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Tasktop Sync 3.6 Webinar

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Presented by Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Office and Nicole Bryan, Tasktop's VP of Product management


Dave Nicole

Tasktop Sync 3.6 extends Tasktop's extensive DevOps Integration ecosystem with support for IBM Rational DOORS and Jama (requirements management tools found in systems engineering organizations). 

Organizations that use these tools to define requirements can now use Agile planning tools (such as JIRA, Rally and VersionOne), and test management tools (such as HP Quality Center) without losing the traceability across requirements, defects or tests. Tasktop Sync 3.6 also expands support for ServiceNow and Rally, and includes updates to a variety of Tasktop connectors.

In this webinar, Dave West, Tasktop Chief product Officer and former Forrester Analyst, and Nicole Bryan, Tasktop Vice President of Product Management, will provide an overview of 3.6 functionality and discuss how this new functionality fits into the bigger DevOps picture and helps address the need for end-to-end traceability in the software delivery process.

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Tasktop Sync 3.5 Webinar

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Presented by Mik Kersten, Tasktop's CEO and Founder


Our goal with Software Lifecycle Integration is to unify the ALM stack while allowing software stakeholders to use the systems that make them most productive. In our initial releases, we supported the core of development and test. In April, we extended our reach to the PMO with support for PPM (Project and Portfolio Management).

In our latest release, we've deepened our support for teams that use Agile methods. If you're thinking of scaling your Agile practices, chances are you've faced the fact that your lifecycle tools don't inter-operate, causing a communications breakdown across the various disciplines involved in software development and delivery. Tasktop 3.5 connects the most popular Agile planning tools with the most widely used enterprise ALM tools, creating the infrastructure for Agile at scale.

Highlights of this release include:

VersionOne and Zendesk support
Breakthrough capabilities for managing the complex relationships among artifacts across ALM systems
A new dashboard for displaying integration metrics

Watch this webinar recording to hear our founder and CEO, Dr. Mik Kersten talk about these and the other Tasktop innovations. For example, he also provides an overview of our testing lab, and how we're able to assure the quality of our integrations to the various systems we support.

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Show me the Data! Populate your software delivery data warehouse with Tasktop Sync.

Wednesday, Dec 4th, 2013

Presented by Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop
Miles Parker, Senior Software Engineer at Tasktop

Dave Miles  

The ability to deliver software is a competitive advantage — improving software delivery capacity has a direct material value. Lean startup and Agile methods have taught us that increased feedback and visibility are crucial for improving capacity and adaptability, as well as lowering cost and risk.

But, "if you can't measure it, you can't improve it," and software development -- that unique blend of science and art -- is notoriously difficult to measure. Measurement is not just about incremental improvements; it is also about making the right strategic decisions.

As software becomes more mission critical, software delivery decisions directly affect business decisions. Organizations know the ever-increasing value of software delivery information, and many are exploring data warehouse approaches to help measure complex and distributed software delivery information.

But our customers tell us that design and deployment is extremely challenging. Moving data from software delivery tools to the warehouse requires significant IT resources -- a constant struggle with countless delivery tool specific data access scripts and custom programs that are difficult to maintain and support. And often they don't end up getting what they need, when they need it. What's needed is a single, easily configurable tool that populates the data warehouse with actionable data, in real-time, and without the maintenance burdens. Tasktop Sync for Data is that tool.

In this webinar, we show how our unique bus technology can maximize your measurement capabilities with minimal effort.

The webinar covers the following:

The value of a software delivery data warehouse.
The problems of connecting to the various systems in a complex environment.
Selecting the data that really matters.
Measuring, analyzing, and visualizing the data.
How Tasktop Sync can populate your software delivery data warehouse.
A demonstration of the technology in action.

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When Two Worlds Collide: Using Agile Story Points AND Management Time Tracking

Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2013

Presented by Nicole Bryan, VP of Product Management at Tasktop


Congratulations, you've successfully adopted Agile methods! You've been at it for six months and you're humming along like a well-oiled machine. You've even scaled to multiple separate agile teams. Your developers are happy and production seems to be up!

And then the dreaded question comes – "We need this feature, how long will it take?" Your answer … "We've estimated that to be about 50 story points." Blank stare.

It's no secret, there are some challenges in trying to marry Agile processes to outside stakeholder needs. For example, Agile teams may prefer to use Story Points as an estimate of the complexity of a story, while business stakeholders generally just want to know how many person-hours a feature will require. Often the PMO is interested in tracking developer time in order to better understand their Return on Investment. But their instructions to use time-tracking tools is met with either simple annoyance our outright disdain.

In this webinar, Nicole explores some of the challenges that arise when marrying Agile processes to outside stakeholder needs. We show you practical ways to make the translation of Agile, to the Rest of the World, as painless as possible – and help show you why it actually helps development teams in the end.

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Damon & Dave on DevOps: Move from "Dev vs. Ops" to DevOps by Going Beyond Automation

Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 2013

Presented by Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop, and Damon Edwards, co-founder of DTO Solutions


Have you ever wondered how DevOps practices can be applied in your organization? Do you think it's impossible or impractical for your organization? Watch Damon and Dave as they discuss approaches to DevOps in organizations like yours. For a taste of this awesome live webcast, check out Dave and Damon in action last month on the DevOps panel at xChange13:

Software Lifecycle Integration: How to put "best" into "best-of-breed"

Wednesday, Sept 4th, 2013

Presented by Mik Kersten, Tasktop's Founder and CEO


Software delivery is plagued by disjointed siloes of information spanning software stakeholders and suppliers. Over the years, developers and other members of the software development and delivery team, have influenced the purchase of best-of-breed tools that make them the most productive. The result is an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool diversity that has actually undermined the decade-old promise of ALM software helping to unify software delivery teams.

Imagine an integrated fabric that allows information to flow freely, and in real-time, across the stakeholders, tool siloes, and vendor boundaries. We call that vision Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI).

When the application development stack became overly complex, the role of the Enterprise Architect became clear, and a new discipline and middleware tool category formed. Just as connecting the back-end services and applications that power our organizations required the creation of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), the modern software development lifecycle needs a similar category of tools and processes in order to scale the promise of Agile and Lean software delivery. In this webinar, Tasktop CEO and Eclipse Mylyn creator Mik Kersten discussed:

  • The role of the Lifecycle Architect
  • A taxonomy of integration concepts and approaches
  • A common data model for SLI
  • Software lifecycle architecture
  • Integration patterns

Connect CA Clarity PPM to your developer tools from IBM, HP, Microsoft and more - joint CA Technologies and Tasktop presentation

Thursday, July 25

Presented by Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Officer, and Alyson Poston, Sr. Director, PPM, CA Technologies

Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) tools such as the market leading CA Clarity PPM are just right for the Project Management Office (PMO).

But when it comes to executing on a software project the development organization will use specialized Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solutions such as HP Quality Center, IBM Rational Team Concert, Microsoft TFS or JIRA. This disconnect between planning and execution impacts both the PMO and development leaving both parties in the dark, or requiring complex, expensive and slow manual processes to compensate.

By connecting PPM with ALM, organizations can get accurate and up to date project status and progress metrics while ensuring development efforts are aligned with corporate goals. Watch this webinar to see how a combination of Software Lifecycle Integration and Agile practices can reduce waste and shorten delivery times.

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Software Lifecycle Integration: why Integration is key to software delivery success

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Presented by Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Officer


For many organizations, software delivery is emerging as a key business process, critical to the success of the organization. Yet the software delivery value chain is becoming more complex, even in the face of the call to reduce cycle times. Increased complexity has been introduced by additional deployment venues such as the cloud and mobile, while Agile and Lean process are used to drive cycle times down.

This combination of value, complexity, and speed requires organizations to improve the collaboration among software delivery disciplines by applying a systematic, structured approach to integrating their disparate ALM tools.

This emerging ALM discipline has been labeled “Software Lifecycle Integration” (SLI) and in this talk Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop and former Forrester analyst, describes why organizations need to think about SLI, and how SLI can be a key tenet in an organization’s desire to improve cycle times, reduce cost, and deliver more value with their software delivery practice.

This webinar will cover the following topics:

  • The current state of ALM – the promise and the reality
  • The need for an systematic approach to integration and ALM architecture
  • An overview of Software Lifecycle Integration
  • How organizations can exploit SLI to improve their delivery practice
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Practicing ALM in a mixed lifecycle tool environment

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 11am-12noon PST, 2-3pm EST other time zones

Presented by Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Officer, and Eric Naiburg, Program Director, Rational Application Lifecycle Management Marketing at IBM

For many organizations continuous delivery is both a mandate and mission with the business requiring increased feedback, shorter cycle times and reduced delivery overhead. But continuous delivery is much more than automating the build and release process.

It calls for software delivery to flow from inception to implementation with all groups involved. But that end to end process is often broken with numerous manual processes, process disconnects and poor collaboration. The promise of continuous delivery is lost far before the release and build practices.

This webcast will show how IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters enable organizations to connect their end to end delivery lifecycle in support of continuous delivery. It will demonstrate how Rational ALM products can be integrated to 3rd party tools allowing a seamless process flow from inception to implementation. This reduces waste and increases cadence allowing the whole delivery organization to be involved in continuous delivery.

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Connecting CA Clarity PPM with Development Tool Stacks from IBM, HP, Microsoft and more

Wed May 29th, 2013

Presented by Wesley Coelho, Director of Business Development, and Robert Elves, co-founder of Tasktop Technologies

For many organizations, CA Clarity PPM is the right tool for managing the big picture of projects and portfolios. A key component of these projects often involves a software development initiative. But when it comes down to executing on a software project, the development organization will use a specialized software project management solution such as HP Quality Center, IBM Rational Team Concert, Microsoft TFS or JIRA.

This can leave business stakeholders clueless as to what's actually happening in the development shop while developers are also left in the dark on changing business priorities.

Join this webinar to learn how to apply Tasktop Sync to engage business stakeholders in the software development activity and provide accurate project status and progress metrics while enabling developers to ensure their software aligns with corporate goals.

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Drinking Our Own Champagne: And the Party Never Ends

Wed Apr 24th, 2013

Presented by Nicole Bryan, director of product management at Tasktop

Tasktop recently introduced our three-phased approach to meet our goals to evaluate our own integration system:

  • Phase 1: Improved Visibility
  • Phase 2: Partner Inclusion
  • Phase 3: Scaling An Integrations EcoSystem

This webinar will cover "Partner Inclusion," expanding our integration ecosystem to share ALM artifacts with our partners as we develop new and maintain existing connectors with their tools.

This phase of our journey has proved to be extremely enlightening. Why? Communication is hard enough within a single company. We quickly learned that it is that much harder across companies when you take into consideration confidentiality requirements, process surprises and cross-company cultural differences. But integration is worth the pain, with the resulting connected process not only making delivering software easier, but also building stronger partner relationships.

Email and spreadsheets were historically the tools of choice for cross-organization collaboration. By replacing those tools with Tasktop Sync , we have enabled teams to collaborate more effectively, report statuses quicker and make project decisions in real time. Software delivery is increasingly a cross-organization delivery process with both outsourced development and testing coupled with external service / application integration. Our journey illustrates that it is possible to automate the integration of these ALM processes enabling artifacts to flow across organizational boundaries.

In this webinar, Nicole will discuss Tasktop's internal journey and demo Bugzilla RTC and Mingle Bugzilla to illustrate this progression. By synchronizing data not just across tools, but across organizational boundaries we are able to deliver better software faster and build stronger partner relationships.

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Get IBM RTC and HP ALM To Blend Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Wed March 20th, 2013

Presented by Wesley Coelho, Director of Business Development at Tasktop Technologies, and Lance Knight, Director of Solution Architects at Tasktop

Some might consider RTC and HP ALM to be an odd combination of flavors. But in reality, organizations require both solutions on an ongoing basis for optimal software delivery. In some cases, specialized practitioners are most effective using the tools and workflows they've honed for years.

In other cases, acquisitions or the need for control over the software supplier ecosystem make using both HP ALM and IBM RTC necessary.

Software development requires tight collaboration across practitioner roles. However, having information in only HP or IBM means that teams lack visibility, comprehensive reporting, and traceability across their incompatible systems. Tasktop Sync solves these problems by providing instant bi-directional synchronization with the sophisticated enterprise capabilities needed to stick HP QC together with RTC. Furthermore, we see integration patterns emerging that provide simple solutions to common integration scenarios.

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Exploiting the Power of Microsoft TFS 2012 with Tasktop Sync

Thurs Jan 24th, 2013

Presented by Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Officer, and Lance Knight, Director of Solutions at Tasktop.

With the release of Visual Studio (VS) 2012, Microsoft continues to demonstrate their investment in enabling software delivery teams and organizations to deliver software faster and in a more predictable fashion.

VS2012 includes major upgrades to Team Foundation Server (TFS) with improved planning, agile team management and collaboration. But for many organizations the power of VS2012 is only available for their developers with other teams using other tools for agile management, testing and requirements.

In this webinar Dave West, Chief Product Officer and Lance Knight, Director of Solutions, will discuss how you can connect TFS into your heterogeneous tools stack, enabling everyone to work from the same project artifacts. By connecting TFS to the whole development tool chain, organizations can take advantage of the planning, collaboration and reporting capabilities provided by TFS 2012 whilst allowing other groups to continue to use their tool of choice. We will also demonstrate a series of integration patterns, showing how TFS can drive development across the whole lifecycle.

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Drinking Our Own Champagne: A View into How Tasktop Manages its Own Integration Ecosystem using Tasktop Sync

Wed Nov 28th, 2012

Presented by Nicole Bryan, director of product management at Tasktop Technologies.

Ever wonder how Tasktop is able to manage and maintain over 70 ALM connectors from over 20 different vendors? As with most software companies, our “software supply chain” is complex ranging from open source to enterprise software. Each partner has their own development process, release cadence and testing approach and it is very hard to encourage them to change. In fact, we pride ourselves in being flexible on how we build and maintain the myriad of connectors we have so that we can accommodate our partners.

So how do we do it? Well, our story is probably not unlike many others out there…. And it is top of mind, because Tasktop has recently embarked on a journey to evaluate our own integration ecosystem in order to ensure we can support and grow for our next generation of products and connectors. During this evaluation we have learned quite a bit, not only about how to work with different vendors, but how integration can form a currency for collaboration and communication.

In this webinar, Nicole will demonstrate how Tasktop Sync plays such a crucial role in the development of our connector ecosystem and also discuss the human element of software development that, ironically, is exposed precisely because of a back end integration tool.

Watch this webinar recording if you want to learn more about what happens during your company's Tasktop Sync implementation and how it lets you integrate your ALM tools and open your channels of communication in a simple way you've only imagined.

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Tear Down the Walls Between Requirements, Development and Testing, by Using IBM RRC with Tasktop Sync

Thurs Oct 25th, 2012

Presented by Robert Elves, co-founder of Tasktop Technologies.

Long have the business analysts and project managers who create software requirements been marrooned on an island, removed from the developers and testers tasked with ensuring that these requirements actually come to fruition.

The reality for most organizations today is that requirements are still disseminated to developer teams in batches of spreadsheets, as are their updates, in a manner that is often lagging and removed from the tools that developers work with. Yet without the complete and up-to-date requirements, QA can't write valid tests, and Dev can't implement to spec.

Enter the new integrations in Tasktop Sync that now bi-directionally connect requirements to development and test artifacts. Through these Tasktop Sync integrations between IBM RRC, CA Product Vision, and HP Quality Center, Tasktop now enables requirements information to flow in real time between the business analysts who create them, the developers who implement them and the QA professionals who test against them.

In this webinar, Robert Elves, co-founder of Tasktop Technologies, describes how Business Analysts using Rational Requirements Composer can successfully create and revise Requirements while automatically keeping the Testing team up-to-date on the latest changes through the use of Tasktop Sync.

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Make your ALM Architecture Lean. The challenges and importance of defining your ALM Architecture

Thurs Sept 27, 2012

Presented by Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop Technologies.

We all know that software is increasingly becoming the secret sauce of business innovation. But many organizations do not have an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) strategy. The manufacturing and maintenance of software requires process, people and tools to work together in seamless harmony to optimize the output in the constrained environment.

Lean teaches us that the best processes focus on value while reducing waste. But for many organizations their tools, process and people have become disconnected. There are multiple processes for planning, development, deployment, support and maintenance; unfortunately, all of these processes are disconnected. Each department has selected their own tools, none of which work together. Additionally, complex matrix organizations have resulted in people having too many masters and confused priorities. This is a long way from the ALM and Lean ALM pipedreams. But does it have to be like that?

In this webinar Dave West, Tasktop's Chief Product Officer and former Forrester analyst, describes how organizations can start thinking about ALM from an architectural perspective and what the implications can be to software delivery organizations. He describes a world where ALM is a key business process for organizations and shows how, with some careful architecture, software delivery can be optimized to deliver real business value.

In this webinar Dave West covers:

  • The current state of ALM in the software industry
  • Real customer examples of ALM
  • Best practices for Lean ALM
  • How you can get there

It is time to stop thinking about tools and start thinking about ALM in a structured, systematic way.

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Bring Testing and Higher Quality to your Agile Teams by integrating HP QC and JIRA

Thurs Aug 30th, 2012

Presented by Lance Knight, Sr. Director of Solution Architects at Tasktop Technologies, CSM/CSP.

With increased release delivery velocity comes the need for developers and QA professionals to work in perfect harmony. Software engineers use JIRA, QA professionals HP Quality Center. This leads to disconnects between the two groups. Breaking down the silo's between these two groups is crucial for software delivery success.

In this webinar Lance Knight, Sr. Director of Solution Architects at Tasktop Technologies shared how organizations are connecting development and QA. He will demonstrate how Tasktop Sync, the tools integration hub from Tasktop, provides an environment that supports Agile development and what the integration patterns look like. He will describe the key challenges for integration and how it is possible to support teams working in their tools of choice with shared data and process. Attend this webinar if you are doing any of the following:

  • Trying to connect JIRA with HP Quality Center
  • Integrating QA and Development
  • Adopting Agile development methods
  • Wanting continue with your existing investment tools while trying new collaborative approaches
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DevOps Leadership Series: Dave West on the 3 Things Needed for DevOps Success

Monday, Aug 13th, 2012

Presented by Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop Technologies

BMC's DevOps Leadership Series features Dave West, who has seen the DevOps movement evolve from his time as an analyst at Forrester, to his current position as the Chief Product Officer at Tasktop. Dave's personal mission is to "help people deliver software just a little bit better."

Learn how development and operations teams can integrate their tools, processes, and measures to deliver maximum value with the least amount of waste.
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Steve McConnell On Categorizing & Managing Technical Debt

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Steve McConnell of Construx Software, is interviewed by Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop Technologies

This podcast features an interview with Steve McConnell – CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software, and famous author of many software development books. Steve is a thought leader in Technical Debt and has been pushing the metaphor to the next level since his blog post in 2007 on categorizing and managing technical debt.

He is interviewed by Dave West – CPO at Tasktop, an ALM platform provider, formerly a Forrester Researcher and co-author of the ForresterWave: agile development management tools. In this interview Dave questions how we can categorize technical debt in a pragmatic and simple way that can help business technology professionals use the technical debt metaphor in an agile environment

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Autonomy is changing the face of ALM

Thurs July 26th, 2012

Presented by Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop Technologies, and Mik Kersten, Tasktop's CEO

Software is everywhere, running everything. No matter what industry, an organization's ability to innovate is increasingly tied with its aptitude to build and release differentiating software. Software developers who are responsible for changing software, are increasingly becoming empowered to make decisions on what tools they use, how they work, and even what devices they work on. But if software is now so critical to the business, it's management is even more critical.

ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) is the discipline that describes the application of business management to the practice of software development, from idea to delivery. The idea of empowering developers and ALM may seem contradictory on the surface, one being about freedom, the other one management control. In actuality, this seemingly contradictory idea presents a very interesting opportunity.

In this webinar Dave West and Mik Kersten of Tasktop described why developer autonomy is occurring, its roots in open source, and how managers need to embrace this motivating and flexible force to help deliver better software. Dave and Mik discussed how developers need to engage with their management and other constituents in the software value chain to ensure that ALM continues to work. If successful, the developer has the opportunity to reach a nirvana state: allowing management oversight with developer freedom.  

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Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS) ALM Integration Patterns with Tasktop Sync

Thurs June 28th, 2012

Presented by Lance Knight, Sr. Director of Solution Architects at Tasktop Technologies, and Wesley Coelho, Director of Business Development at Tasktop

In many organizations, Microsoft TFS is part of a tool stack that includes other ALM solutions such as IBM Rational Team Concert or HP Quality Center. In this case, integration between TFS and third party tools is necessary to enable communication, traceability and reporting across tool boundaries.

In this webinar we show how both Visual Studio and TFS are connected with external systems. We then present common ALM architecture integration patterns for cross-tool team collaboration with TFS.

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Lean ALM – The changing face of ALM

Thurs May 31st, 2012

Presented by Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop

We are increasingly living in a software economy where business innovation and value are directly tied to software. Software supply chains are changing into ecosystems where control has to be replaced with transparency and collaboration.

But has the management discipline of software delivery kept pace? Has ALM kept pace? The answer is NO. Traditional ALM approaches focused on tools and the SDLC rather than the collaboration and flow.

In this talk Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop describes what Lean ALM looks like. Introducing the 4 tenets of Autonomy, Transparency, Adaptability and Collaboration (ATAC) unite to maximize flow. In this talk Dave will cover:

  • Why the time is right for Lean ALM
  • What is Lean ALM
  • Autonomy
  • Transparency
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • What it means to your tool and process strategy
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Close the loop between Software Project Planning and Development

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Presenters: Daniel Morris, Polarion Software, and Benjamin Muskalla, Tasktop Technologies

This webinar provided a live demo of a day in the life of a developer and project manager using state of the art development and ALM tools from Tasktop and Polarion.

The webinar showed how to:

  • Improve project visibility for all team members
  • Drive productivity by connecting the IDE with requirements management, development planning and reporting
  • Foster innovation, communication and knowledge transfer by bringing virtual teams together in one integrated platform
  • Get the most modern and integrated developer experience for Polarion
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Getting ALM2.0+ to work
Breaking down the silos to provide an integrated value chain for software delivery and beyond

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Hosted by: Mik Kersten, Founder and CEO of Tasktop Technologies
featuring Dave West, Vice President, Research Director at Forrester Research, Inc.

For many organizations the ability to deliver software is fundamental to business success. New products, services, updates to channels, pricing or promotion require changes to applications and websites. Organizations are now looking to Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to provide visibility into this increasingly core business process.

ALM promises the benefits of business management to the practice of software delivery. ALM2.0+ describes the next generation of practices that broaden the lifecycle to include operations and the business and add functionality for planning and collaboration.

But introducing ALM is difficult, with developers, business analysts, operations, project managers and QA professionals all having their own tools and working practices. Bringing order to this chaos requires a different way of thinking about ALM – one based on stakeholder inclusion and cross-vendor integration.

In this talk, featured speaker Dave West, Vice President, Research Director at Forrester described the reality of ALM adoption. West and Mik Kersten, Founder and CEO of Tasktop Technologies presented patterns for successful ALM adoption for mid and large-scale organization, and highlighted how organizations can incrementally obtain the benefits of ALM by connecting siloes, one stakeholder at a time.

This talk:

  • Introduced ALM2.0+, its promise and its challenges
  • Defined a series of ALM integration patterns
  • Described how successful organizations are delivering software more efficiently with ALM2.0+ today

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Transforming Application Development:
Bringing Dev and Test Closer Together with Application Lifecycle Intelligence (ALI)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Presenters: Ronit Soen, Senior Product Marketing Manager
HP Software, and Wesley Coelho, Director of Business Development, Tasktop Technologies

Today's application teams are under immense pressure to accelerate time-to-market while meeting increasingly complex product feature, functionality and platform demands.

Join HP and Tasktop to learn how to connect application lifecycle management (ALM) systems with development tools and developers' integrated development environments (IDEs) in order to increase both predictability and collaboration and gain insights that make application development and testing more efficient, agile and quality-oriented.

In this session we will explore how to:

  • Bring ALL of your developers – regardless of their tools, technologies, locations and methodologies – into the ALM fold
  • Get out-of-box measurements to streamline the Agile sprint
  • Allow developers to spend more time generating value to the business rather than dealing with administrative tasks

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Transforming development visibility and productivity with Borland StarTeam 12.0 and Tasktop

Tues February 7th, 2012

Presented by Mik Kersten, CEO Tasktop Technologies
Stuart McGill, Borland General Manager

StarTeam 12 is here with full Tasktop Dev and Sync support. The new StarTeam release, together with Tasktop, includes a host of new features designed to benefit both developers and management.

Now it is easier than ever to extend the interoperability and co-existence between ALM tools and asset types across software development teams, while management benefit from improved insight into delivery goals and their predictability.

In this webinar you will discover the benefits of our new collaboration, and:

  • Discover how StarTeam customers benefit from Borland's strategic partnership with Tasktop
  • Learn how Tasktop Sync delivers visibility by integrating StarTeam with your other ALM tools
  • See how developers get the most modern and integrated experience for StarTeam with Tasktop Dev

Learn more about Tasktop's Borland StarTeam connector.

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Making ALM Work Across Multi-Vendor and Open Source Solutions With OSLC

Thurs, January 19th 2012

Robert Elves, co-founder of Tasktop Technologies

For most medium and large organizations the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) stack has become so diverse and disconnected that the traceability and cross-stakeholder collaboration limitations have become a substantial bottleneck for software delivery. OSLC (Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration – see ) aims to alleviate this by providing open specifications for diverse systems to communicate and support integrated scenarios. While a growing number of systems implement the specification, it will take more time for OSLC to be widely supported by all leading ALM solution vendors. But there is no need to wait for increased OSLC adoption. Join this webinar to learn how Tasktop is harnessing the thriving open Eclipse Mylyn community of ALM integrations to realize the OSLC value proposition by providing broad multi-vendor OSLC support today.

Speaker Bio:

Robert Elves is co-founder of Tasktop Technologies where he is leading delivery of OSLC-enabled integration technologies. Robert has served on the OSLC specification committee since its inception and participates in the OSLC CM, Automation, and Core working groups. In the Eclipse community, Robert is a committer on the Mylyn ALM integration framework as well as the Lyo project, which is focused on providing an SDK to enable adoption of OSLC specifications. At Tasktop, Robert leverages OSLC to improve communication, traceability and reporting across heterogeneous software development solutions including IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational ClearQuest, HP Quality Center, Microsoft TFS, and many others.

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Modernize your ALM Architecture with Tasktop Sync 2.0

Tues, Dec 6th, 2011

Dr. Mik Kersten, Tasktop CEO, Founder of Eclipse Mylyn

In this must-see webinar, Tasktop CEO Mik Kersten will provide the first in-depth view of Tasktop Sync 2.0. Tasktop Sync 2.0 provides a set of industry-first facilities for connecting your ALM stack. With the massive response to Tasktop Sync 1.0, we have focused this release on features for capturing your ALM architecture in the Sync tool in order to connect all stakeholders with real-time traceability and collaboration. Our goal is to help you transform your ALM stack by allowing you to tailor the best of open source, Agile, in-house, and enterprise ALM solutions.

Tasktop Sync 2.0 provides new wizards and tools that allow ALM architects and administrators to connect to ALM repositories, introspect repository schemas, and connect previously isolated tools with ALM artifact mappings. In additional to synchronization, Tasktop Sync 2.0 provides a new lifecycle linking facility built on the OSLC ALM interoperability protocols, which acts as a broker for connecting ALM artifacts across Tasktop Certified™ Mylyn connectors. For example, organizations using IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) tools in their ALM stack, such as Rational Team Concert (RTC) and Rational Requirements Composer (RRC), can now link to artifacts across our supported third party and open source ALM tools. This new feature extends Tasktop Sync's bi-directional synchronization facilities to support live linking of ALM artifacts, in a way similar to how social networking tools embed each other's feeds.

The webinar will conclude with a conceptual overview of Tasktop's Task Federation™ technologies and best practices for connecting and modernizing your ALM stack, from business analyst to developer. An overview of what's new in Tasktop Dev 2.2 will show you how to bring this new connectivity and traceability to developers. For example, Tasktop Dev 2.2 builds on HP's Application Lifecycle Intelligence feature to provide instant workspace provisioning for developers using Eclipse. No matter what mix of developer, QA, Agile and requirements management tools, Tasktop Sync and Tasktop Dev empower developers and other stakeholders to use the tools that make them most productive while ensuring that the ALM artifacts are automatically and seamlessly connected to ease collaboration, reporting and traceability.

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Tasktop Sync 1.0 Webinar with Mik Kersten

Wednesday, Sept 28th, 2011

Dr. Mik Kersten, Tasktop CEO, Founder of Eclipse Mylyn

Mik KerstenIn modern application development and delivery, heterogeneous best of breed ALM stacks have become the norm. Driven by open source, outsourcing, remote development and testing, Agile tools, IT decentralization, and in larger organizations, mergers and acquisitions, tool fragmentation is here to stay.

There is no incentive for software vendors who are increasingly competitive to provide more than check-box integration solutions, making it impossible for any organization to get traceability and visibility from requirements to source code.

During the webinar, Mylyn creator and Tasktop CEO Mik Kersten showed how Tasktop Sync solves these challenges. Kersten showed how Tasktop Sync connects development, QA, and agile project management together. Tasktop Sync provides the only enterprise-scale ALM synchronization solution, built on the industry-standard Eclipse Mylyn ALM integration framework.

Unlike previous approaches to ALM synchronization, Tasktop Sync provides real-time synchronization, automated conflict resolution, and support for over two dozen ALM systems. Building on Tasktop's Task Federation™ technology, Tasktop Sync ensures that each stakeholder has access to the data that they need within their tool of choice.

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Cross-Repository Agile Planning

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Doug Janzen, Senior Software Developer and Project Manager at Tasktop Technologies

With the release of Mylyn 3.5 and Tasktop 2.0 in March 2011, a critical problem we tried to address was helping companies and development teams deal with heterogeneity. Tasktop's cross-repository Agile planning tools are a perfect example of this.

In this presentation, Doug Janzen explained why it is so important to have Agile tools be able to reach across repositories to be truly usable by companies. He also demonstrated how Tasktop's cross-repository Agile planning works highlighting how sub-tasks in a user story or on a Scrum board can have dependencies on issues from other systems. Lastly, Doug highlighted how all of this information can be available from within the Eclipse IDE as well as offline.

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Getting Your Workload Under Control: Using Mylyn/Tasktop to Organize Your Tasks in CFEclipse or CFBuilder

May 19th, 2011

Dr. David Shepherd, Senior Developer at Tasktop Technologies and author of task-focused best practices blog series

In this webinar for the Online ColdFusion Meetup, Dr. David Shepherd explained how developers are currently facing a crisis of productivity. They're spending more time on meta-work (e.g., searching, handling interruptions, communicating, switching applications, etc.) than on actual work (e.g., editing code, testing, debugging, etc.). This talk focused on eliminating many of the common time-wasters from the developers' day by using Mylyn (Open Source Framework) or Tasktop (Commercial Extension). David discussed how bringing tasks into the IDE saves time and enables task-specific views of source code. These and other highlights, demonstrated in commonly used ColdFusion IDEs, provided a roadmap for developers on how to optimize their own workday and leave work on time.

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Code Reviews Don't Have to SUCK

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Roy Paterson, SmartBear, and Dr. David Shepherd, Tasktop

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 Dave Shepherd

We all know code reviews are good for software quality like vegetables are for your diet. Regular reviews help developers share expertise, and find bugs earlier avoiding the 10x increase in the cost of correcting defects in production. Still, it's easy to put off code reviews when under pressure no matter how counter-productive to quality that is.

In this webinar, Dr. David Shepherd from Tasktop and Roy Paterson from SmartBear demonstrated the latest in code review best practices, task focused development, and how to make code reviews not suck.

Best Practices covered included:

  • Using Eclipse Mylyn task-focused programming to speed up code reviews directly from Eclipse
  • Automatically viewing and tracking only relevant code changes
  • Freeing up time by managing a central list of coding, reviews, and other project tasks using Mylyn
  • How to effectively and efficiently communicate with multiple code reviewers

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Agile Workflow in the Mylyn Framework: Tasktop, Perforce, and Eclipse

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dr. David Shepherd, Senior Developer at Tasktop Technologies and author of task-focused best practices blog series, and Randy DeFauw, Technical Marketing Manager at Perforce Software

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 Randy DeFauw

Agile is all about working smarter - creating rapid change to deliver business value, fast. Tasktop's Mylyn framework coordinates developer activity using tasks and stories from popular Agile management tools such as VersionOne, JIRA and RallyDev. Mylyn's task based workflow, integrated with Perforce's best-of-breed version control, allows developers to focus on and respond to change faster in highly dynamic and collaborative environments. In this webinar, David Shepherd, from Tasktop, and Randy DeFauw, from Perforce, demonstrated how you can use Tasktop and Perforce to support an Agile workflow without leaving your IDE so you can focus on your tasks, not your tools.

They demonstrated how:

  • Tasktop's integrated Task List keeps developers up-to-date on their tasks without causing them to leave the IDE.
  • Developers need Perforce to manage the rapid change in source code, dealing with dependencies between projects and merging changes from concurrent development.
  • Tasktop and Perforce integrate, automatically associating tasks with versioned assets and allowing developers to easily review each other's pending changes.

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Introducing Tasktop 2.0

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Dr. Mik Kersten, Tasktop CEO, Founder of Eclipse Mylyn

In this webinar, Dr. Mik Kersten showcased how Tasktop 2.0 can bring the benefits of task-focused collaboration to your Agile development and planning activities. For developers, Tasktop 2.0 provides the Eclipse Mylyn and ALM integration needed to keep you productive in your home environment: the IDE. For technical leads and product owners, Tasktop 2.0 provides the first cross-repository planning tools, all available from your IDE or from the desktop-based client, with planning information stored in your existing Agile and task and defect tracking tools.

In addition, Tasktop 2.0 introduced a new task federation facility for linking and synchronizing plans across your various Agile, enterprise and open source ALM systems, ensuring that you always have automatic traceability between tasks, source code and builds.

This webinar summarized some of the main features of Tasktop 2.0, including new Mylyn connectors for Accept360, HP's Agile Accelerator, Polarion and Hudson/Jenkins. Mik also showcased Tasktop for Eclipse and gave an overview of Tasktop Dev for Visual Studio as well as the standalone Tasktop desktop app.

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HP ALM and Quality Center Integration with Tasktop Dev Enterprise

March 17th, 2011

Wesley Coelho, Director of Business Development at Tasktop Technologies

Tasktop Dev Enterprise now ships with a HP ALM connector that provides IDE integration to effortlessly keep Quality Center up to date and stay in the loop as requirements and defects are updated. Furthermore, developers will now be able to take full advantage of Mylyn's task-focused interface technology that provides one-click multitasking and interruption recovery.

In this webinar, we showed a variety of demos that highlighted the functionality in Tasktop's HP ALM connector focusing on integration into the IDE and other ALM products, collaboration between teams across geographies, and significant team productivity gains.

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Introducing Tasktop Dev for Visual Studio

March 10th, 2011

Dr. David Shepherd, Senior Developer at Tasktop Technologies and author of task-focused best practices blog series

In this webinar, Dr. David Shepherd discussed how the new Tasktop Dev for Visual Studio tool allows .NET and Visual Studio developers to bring HP and open-source ALM solutions into the Visual Studio UI to seamlessly integrate work items alongside coding activities. For developers, this means spending more of your day inside Visual Studio where you are productive. For managers, this means a much more up-to-date Agile or ALM repository. Dr. Shepherd demonstrated how to bring work items into Visual Studio so that developers can update them as they work. For team leads and managers he demonstrated how Tasktop's tooling easily scales to thousands of tasks, keeping them abreast of their team's progress.

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What's new in Eclipse Mylyn 3.5: Agile, ALM and developer tools

February 24th, 2011

Dr. Mik Kersten, Tasktop CEO, Founder of Eclipse Mylyn

Mylyn has morphed from a hot new developer tool to an entrenched top-level Eclipse project that provides the developer integration and ALM vendor federation that's critical for organizations deploying Agile. In this webinar, Mik Kersten will review how the new task management, code review, SCM and continuous integration sub-projects of Mylyn are making it dramatically easier for developers to work with Agile, enterprise scale, and open source ALM systems. Mik will present strategies for deploying Mylyn at your organization to get the most out of the collaboration and traceability tools that it provides. The presentation will conclude with an overview of the growing number ALM integrations for available for Mylyn, and demonstrate the latest productivity features made available as part of Mylyn 3.5 and its ecosystem.

Accept360: How to Increase Product Development Productivity by 50-100%

February 23th, 2011

Wesley Coelho, Director of Business Development at Tasktop Technologies

A new system integration paradigm is enabling an unprecedented level of collaboration and visibility throughout the innovation process, from engaging customers and optimizing product decisions, to maximizing developer efficiency to get better products out to market faster. Join Wesley Coelho from Tasktop Technologies and Hari Candadai of Accept Corporation for an overview of the end-to-end process with special focus on enabling productive, transparent collaboration between product owners and developers to maximize the output from R&D investments.

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Integrating HP ALM and IBM Rational Team Concert using Tasktop and Mylyn

January 20th, 2011

Robert Elves, Tasktop Dev Enterprise Integrations Architect and Eclipse Mylyn Committer

Organizations deploying IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) alongside HP ALM have been lacking a robust mechanism for federating and synchronizing defects and work items between IBM Rational products and HP ALM and Quality Center. Developers often have to enter information regarding their activities into multiple systems and managers lack the visibility and traceability that is needed to be effective. In this webinar, Robert Elves showed the audience how Tasktop Dev Enterprise can be used to provide IDE integration and synchronization for RTC and HP ALM to improve development team productivity and collaboration between developers and QA and provide visibility into both RTC and HP ALM.

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