Tasktop Integrates ThoughtWorks Studios Mingle with Eclipse Mylyn for Agile ALM

New integration connects Mingle project management tool with the Eclipse IDE for improved developer productivity and project status visibility

VANCOUVER, Dec. 9, 2009 - Tasktop Technologies, creators of Eclipse Mylyn and the leading provider of task management for application lifecycle management (ALM), and ThoughtWorks Studios today announced the availability of the ThoughtWorks Studios Mingle Mylyn Connector. The new offering integrates development activities performed in the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with project management in the new Mingle 3.0. Together, the products help developers easily and accurately track progress while, simultaneously, providing accurate and up-to-date project status visibility for team leads.

"To gain the greatest value from Agile project management tools organizations must accurately track development activity and progress as close to real-time as possible," said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop Technologies and creator of the open source Eclipse Mylyn project. "The Tasktop integration with Mingle makes it effortless for developers to collaborate, update project status, and automatically track time within the Eclipse IDE, bridging the gap between the development and project management layers of the Agile ALM stack."

The Mingle Mylyn Connector enables Mingle development teams to take advantage of Mylyn's innovative task-focused productivity technology that shows only the most relevant source code for a given task. This technology helps reduce information overload for large-scale development projects and enables developers to multitask and recover from interruptions with a single click. With the connector, ThoughtWorks Studios' customers will further improve their productivity by eliminating the need to toggle between their browser, email and IDE to gather information necessary to complete application development tasks. Tasktop and ThoughtWorks Studios are planning to release Mylyn connectors for Twist and Cruise during Q1 of 2010.

Mingle is the project management component of ThoughtWorks Studios' Adaptive ALM, a complete development solution that includes Twist (test automation) and Cruise (release management). Major features available in the new Mingle 3.0 include an entirely new communications platform called "Murmurs." Murmurs captures conversations that would otherwise have been lost through unstructured communications – such as IM chats, emails, etc. – and instantly associates team conversations with Mingle project artifacts. Mingle 3.0 also includes new program-level management features that provide cross-project visibility, traceability and extended reporting capabilities. In addition, it provides enhanced reporting capabilities, support for software configuration management (SCM) through Subversion 1.6.5 and API updates that provide better access to information within Mingle for integration with external applications or systems.

"We are extremely excited to offer our customers a new level of integration between task-level activities and our Mingle project management tool," said Cyndi Mitchell, managing director for ThoughtWorks Studios. "In addition, the integration of our new Murmurs social networking feature available in Mingle 3.0 represents a new level of communication and collaboration within the Eclipse IDE."

The ThoughtWorks Studios Mingle Mylyn Connector is available now and included in Tasktop Pro for $99. A free Tasktop Pro trial is available from http://tasktop.com/download. Eclipse Galileo (3.5) users also will be able to install it directly from Mylyn's Connector Discovery in Eclipse. For more information, visit http://tasktop.com/connectors/thoughtworks-studios. For more information, or to download a free trial of Mingle 3.0 visit http://www.thoughtworks-studios.com/mingle-agile-project-management/mingle-releasing-with-murmurs.

About ThoughtWorks Studios
ThoughtWorks Studios is a global leader in Agile ALM tools and training. Its products and services are used by organizations as a foundation for sustainable Agile adoption, where project management, automation and engineering best practices are required. The company's Adaptive ALM solution provides a platform for managing all aspects of the software development lifecycle, from requirements definition and project management to test automation, quality assurance and release management. The three products that make up Adaptive ALM, Mingle (project management) Twist (test automation) and Cruise (release management), are available as an integrated solution or as stand-alone products. The company also provides in-depth training courses that cover all aspects of Agile ALM through its Agile Workshops series. Backed as an independent division of ThoughtWorks, the pioneering leader in Agile development and best-practices, ThoughtWorks Studios' customers include 3M, Barclays, BBC, eBay, Honeywell, McGraw-Hill, Rackspace, and Vodafone. It is headquartered in San Francisco and Bangalore, with offices in London and select cities in Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, please visit www.thoughtworks-studios.com.

About Tasktop Technologies
Tasktop Technologies is the company behind the Eclipse Mylyn ALM integration framework and its revolutionary task-focused interface technology. The task-focused interface is proven to make developers more productive by showing only the relevant information for each task, dramatically reducing search time and facilitating multitasking. Tasktop Pro is the company's enterprise-ready product based on Mylyn, with task-focused support for web browsing, time tracking, documents, email and calendars. Tasktop Technologies also provides consulting, connector development services and training to the growing number of companies adopting the task-focused paradigm and tools. For more information please visit tasktop.com.

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