The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-07-01T01:00:33Z Survey Finds Lack of Executive Leadership For Agile Deployments in Australia 2015-07-01T01:00:33Z survey-finds-lack-of-executive-leadership-for-agile-deployments-in-australia More than one in three organisations in Australia claim that the lack of top down executive leadership and overall C-level engagement within the business is plaguing current plans to deploy Agile management methodologies within their organisations.   At the same time, those individuals tasked with rolling out enterprise-scale Agile face pressures scaling Agile efforts beyond their own team to ultimately deliver transformation services.   That’s according to a survey conducted by Rally, a leading provider of software and services that drive agility, which commissioned the research at this month’s Agile Australia conference staged in Sydney.   The survey reviewed the attitudes and experiences for Agile delivery among business analysts, Scrum managers, Agile coaches, senior developers, analyst programmers, consultants and developers in the current workplace environment. More than 15 percent of respondents claim that delivering Agile to the business beyond their own siloed department is a major issue while ten per cent said that those rolling out Agile are not actually scoping the process itself suggesting a potential risk factor to ultimate project delivery success. The survey also found that cultural inhibitors, lack of a sense of urgency, staff turnover and too many competing project deadlines also hindered successful Agile delivery. "The research results show many departments are still challenged with major business issues when it comes to taking advantage of Agile," said Nat Tanner, Regional Vice President for Australia and New Zealand, Rally.  "This could be due to a range of factors including a misunderstanding of the benefits that Agile can deliver.”  Using traditional waterfall development methodologies, software used to be delivered after up to 18-months. Software developers worked in silos, executives worried about getting to market before their competitors, and project managers were hindered in what they could achieve.  They had to coerce developers to code faster and cut out features, while at the same time requiring additional budget.  When the product finally reached the market,  it was often a failure because it neglected to meet customer needs, was full of extraneous features, and was not easy to use. “Now, Agile practices - combined with cloud deployment - have significantly reduced the lead-time of deploying IT projects that deliver customer value: it can be 18 days rather than 18 months. This survey would suggest that clearly more needs to be done within Australia’s boardrooms to explain how Agile can support business transformation and reduce software delivery times.  “While the benefits of streamlining systems and workflows is understood, limited IT and staff resources and a lack of understanding of the benefits of Agile look as if they are proving to be roadblocks. The results provide a unique insight into the pressures faced and priorities for change,” added Tanner. About Rally Rally delivers software and services that drive agility. Organisations worldwide use Rally's solutions to navigate evolving market demands, improve performance, and accelerate the pace of innovation to deliver value faster. Rally’s enterprise-class SaaS platform transforms the way organisations manage the software development lifecycle by aligning software development with strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, and increasing transparency. By applying Agile and Lean approaches, Rally’s consulting and training services help companies innovate, lead, adapt, and deliver. Learn more at www.rallydev.com © 2015 Rally Software Development Corp. All rights reserved. Rally, Rally Software, and the Rally logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rally Software Development Corp. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.   Rally Launches Industry-First Capabilities to Accelerate Enterprise Scale Agile 2015-06-18T03:41:11Z rally-launches-industry-first-capabilities-to-accelerate-enterprise-scale-agile Rally (NYSE: RALY), a leading global provider of software and services that drive agility, today announced new capabilities to its enterprise-class SaaS platform. Capacity Planning and Release Tracking — capabilities not available on any other Agile platform — empower enterprise customers to plan and steer the delivery of business value by connecting strategy to Agile team delivery.  "As more companies become increasingly software-driven, it's imperative that they connect their software delivery practices to their business operations with enterprise scale Agile," said Tim Miller, Chairman and CEO, Rally. "Rally's new platform capabilities, combined with its industry-leading Agile consulting services, give customers the tools they need to take Agile to the next level." New Rally capabilities announced today include:  Capacity Planning: Rally's unique capacity planning capability allows business and technology leaders to quickly create realistic, high-level plans in support of business initiatives. The visualisation of both demand and supply in a single view gets the emotions out of handling too much demand with not enough capacity and strengthens collaboration between business and technology. A "sandbox" for portfolio, product, and engineering leaders helps them create what-if scenarios that optimise business value with team capacity. By moving capacity planning out of spreadsheets and closer to where the work is tracked, users can more confidently build what matters most to the business, improve predictability, and deliver value faster. Capacity Planning is in limited open beta. Release Tracking: You've got realistic plans, now what? Release Tracking provides full transparency into the work's progress, risks, and dependencies, at a level of granularity consumable by business and technology leaders, and in real-time as teams progress on their work. This feature lets business and technology leaders see where they need to cut scope, move work, and steer the plan to meet business goals on a predictable cadence. Release Tracking is in open beta for all Rally® Portfolio Manager customers.  "The Elekta management team and I were early believers in Agile and saw opportunities for increased quality and predictability early on." says Todd Powell, Executive Vice President for Elekta Software. "With Rally's capacity planning capability, an unexpected by-product is that we're producing a great deal of data about our work. We can quantify not only the work we're doing, but also the size of the problems we can address. Coupled with a data-driven answer about what our real capacity is at any given time – and what the real demand is – we are better able to predict for other areas of the business, such as marketing and sales, in terms of deliverability and timeframes. This has a tremendous impact on our teams." The updates announced today are available to Rally Unlimited Edition customers at no additional cost. For more information or to request a free trial, please visit http://rallydev.comAbout Rally Rally delivers software and services that drive agility. Organisations worldwide use Rally's solutions to navigate evolving market demands, improve performance, and accelerate the pace of innovation to deliver value faster. Rally's enterprise-class SaaS platform transforms the way organisations manage the software development lifecycle by aligning software development with strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, and increasing transparency. By applying Agile and Lean approaches, Rally's consulting and training services help companies innovate, lead, adapt, and deliver. Learn more at www.rallydev.com © 2015 Rally Software Development Corp. All rights reserved. Rally, Rally Software, the Rally logo, and RallyON! are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rally Software Development Corp. in the United States and other countries.  All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. SOURCE  Rally Independent Research Firm Names Rally a Strong Performer in Portfolio Management 2015-03-24T06:14:57Z independent-research-firm-names-rally-a-strong-performer-in-portfolio-management Rally (NYSE: RALY), a leading global provider of software and services solutions to drive agility, today announced that it has been named a Strong Performer in "The Forrester Wave™: Portfolio Management For The Tech Management Agenda, Q1 2015." In a 45-criteria evaluation of portfolio management for tech management vendors, Forrester identified, evaluated, and scored its list of the 10 most significant software providers in portfolio management. In the resulting report, Rally is named a Strong Performer and was recognised for bringing "support for a scaled Agile framework and robust integration capabilities to the table," and "for leveraging Agile and Lean methodologies." According to the report, "The Rally solution offers both SaaS and on-premise deployment options as a bridge between business and execution." Forrester finds that, "Tech management organisations are demanding solutions that provide transparency into both planning and delivery cycles." The report states that Rally is one of the providers that PPM vendors like "CA Technologies, Changepoint, Planview, and Innotas" leverage for integration partnerships "to define the mapping for development performance touchpoints between application life-cycle management (ALM) and their portfolio management solutions." "We're thrilled to be included in this year's Forrester Wave report.  As an Agile vendor, we bring an adaptive mindset to portfolio management," said Tim Miller, chairman and CEO at Rally. "We designed our portfolio solutions to help organisations make better decisions and deliver value faster. Plus, by integrating our offerings with PPM leaders, we can meet the needs of larger enterprises." Download "The Forrester Wave™: Portfolio Management For The Tech Management Agenda, Q1 2015," here. Tweet this: Rally named a Strong Performer by Forrester in Portfolio Management for The Tech Management Agenda - download report now. Tweet this: Rally cited for Scaled Agile framework support by Forrester in Portfolio Management for The Tech Management Agenda - download report now.About Rally Rally delivers software and services that drive agility. Organisations worldwide use Rally's solutions to navigate evolving market demands, improve performance, and accelerate the pace of innovation to deliver value faster. Rally's enterprise-class SaaS platform transforms the way organisations manage the software development lifecycle by aligning software development with strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, and increasing transparency. By applying Agile and Lean approaches, Rally's consulting and training services help companies innovate, lead, adapt, and deliver. Learn more at www.rallydev.com. © 2015 Rally Software Development Corp. All rights reserved. Rally, Rally Software, and the Rally logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rally Software Development Corp. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. Rally Unveils Flowdock® Enterprise 2015-03-18T00:20:17Z -184 Rally (NYSE: RALY), a leading global provider of software and services to drive agility, today announced new features and the general availability of Rally® Flowdock® Enterprise. A powerful collaboration app, Flowdock Enterprise helps software developers and other teams exchange, discuss, and act on ideas, while offering the enterprise security, support, and data-retention policies vital to large-scale deployments and operations. "Today's teams depend on numerous tools and sort through massive amounts of information to get their jobs done. More than ever, teams are distributed across geographic locations and business functions, and they experience even greater workflow challenges: distractions, ambiguity, lack of visibility, and context switching in multiple environments," said Ryan Martens, founder and CTO of Rally. "The updates we're announcing today will help companies succeed by allowing their teams to focus on what matters most. We are providing a single place where they can collaborate, update work, and gain visibility organisation-wide, which will allow companies to deliver higher-quality products and services at faster intervals."Flowdock Enterprise integrates with more than 90 tools in one, easy-to-navigate platform. Plus, it incorporates all the powerful features of the Flowdock application — including threaded chat and a team inbox — with added capabilities to address the needs of large, complex businesses. The enhancements announced today remove the friction teams experience as a result of context switching between development tools, and provide the critical security and functionality large enterprises need to collaborate effectively. Two-way Integrations Smooth Team Flow New, two-way integration capabilities in Flowdock Enterprise connect key Software as a Service (SaaS) applications to Flowdock Enterprise's unique team inbox in both directions. Flowdock Enterprise's team inbox aggregates work activity from a team's integrated tools, providing a window into what they're working on. With new two-way integrations, teams can now update their work right from within Flowdock Enterprise. This streamlines and simplifies the user experience for diverse and distributed teams, smooths the flow of work throughout the development pipeline, and improves productivity by reducing the need for context switching between tools. Using two-way integrations, teams can concentrate on completing day-to-day work within one platform — collaborating across teams, timezones, and tools within the context of existing discussions or activities. Current two-way integrations include GitHub, PagerDuty, Pivotal Tracker, Trello, and Zendesk — with more planned in the near future. "With the new two-way Zendesk integration with Flowdock Enterprise, teams can now quickly see customer issues and collaborate on them," said Maxime Prades, senior manager, platform marketing, Zendesk. "Our partnership with Rally helps companies and teams get straight to what matters most - more efficient communication so they can deliver the best service to their customers."Collaborate With Confidence Across the Enterprise Flowdock Enterprise also adds enterprise administration capabilities, including native single sign on (SSO), enterprise service level agreements (SLAs), custom data retention policies and priority support. Rally Flowdock Enterprise is available with Rally Unlimited Edition subscriptions and as a standalone solution. Existing Rally customers can activate today, or, to start using Flowdock Enterprise for free, please visit https://www.flowdock.com/enterprise.  About Rally Rally delivers software and services that drive agility. Organisations worldwide use Rally's solutions to navigate evolving market demands, improve performance, and accelerate the pace of innovation to deliver value faster. Rally's enterprise-class SaaS platform transforms the way organisations manage the software development lifecycle by aligning software development with strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, and increasing transparency. By applying Agile and Lean approaches, Rally's consulting and training services help companies innovate, lead, adapt, and deliver. Learn more at www.rallydev.com. © 2015 Rally Software Development Corp. All rights reserved. Rally, Rally Software, Flowdock and the Rally logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rally Software Development Corp. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. New Rally Offerings Fuel Enterprise-Scale Agile 2014-07-30T22:25:59Z new-rally-offerings-fuel-enterprise-scale-agile Sydney, 31 July 2014 – Rally (NYSE: RALY), a leading global provider of enterprise-class software and services to drive agility, today announced new solutions, features, and services to enable organisations to achieve enterprise-scale Agile program success using the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe™). This includes new levels of support for version 3.0 of the Scaled Agile Framework and the certification of three coaches in Scaled Agile, Inc.’s (SAI) new industry-leading SAFe Program Consultant Trainer Certification (SPCT). The three certifications announced today are among the first in the industry. With these new offerings, organisations can scale Agile across the enterprise to deliver value faster, and sense, create, and respond to change quickly and confidently.   “Rally is SAI's first comprehensive solutions partner, and a proven trailblazer when it comes to providing consulting and tooling solutions for adoption of SAFe,” said Dean Leffingwell, Chief Methodologist and creator of the Framework. "As a Gold SPCT-certified provider of SAFe, Rally meets the industry’s most rigorous standards and field requirements for SAFe practitioners. I have full confidence in Rally’s ability to implement, scale, and sustain Agile success across an enterprise.”Rally Program Launch Backed by over 40 SAFe Program Consultants (SPCs) and 3 SPCTs to date, Rally Program Launch can now be applied using the new Scaled Agile Framework v3.0 methodology, helping customers establish and sustain program success. Combining expert consulting, coaching, and training services with Rally's leading Agile software platform, Rally Program Launch is specifically designed to help launch and execute scaled Agile programs in as little as three months. This solution enables customers to create agility throughout their business and respond to change — like that caused by digital disruption and evolving regulatory conditions — quickly and confidently. Rally Program Launch also helps organisations rapidly get the right products to market, sustainably develop high-quality solutions, and transform development organisations to deliver responsive and sustainable value.  Rally Unlimited Edition Supports SAFe v3.0 Rally Unlimited Edition includes several new and enhanced capabilities for scaling Agile using SAFe v3.0, such as: ●     New SAFe metrics, including important feedback metrics like iteration and release progress (SAFe Release Train level metrics), and metrics related to business initiatives and goals, like lean portfolio and enterprise balanced scorecard metrics (SAFe 3.0 Portfolio-level metrics). ●     A new release planning board that allows users to create realistic release plans that consider feature size, cost of delay, and development capacity. As a keystone of the Rally Program Launch approach, this new capability supports real-time release planning during large-room release-planning events, resulting in a shared understanding of business priorities and commitment to an execution plan. ●     Improved program-level navigation in Rally’s platform, which makes it easy for an Agile program delivery team to plan, track, and report on work across coordinated development teams which are working against a prioritised program backlog and committed release plans. “We started Rally 12 years ago to help organisations transform how they develop software at enterprise scale,” said Ryan Martens, chief technology officer at Rally Software. “In the last three years, we’ve made a significant investment in developing SAFe expertise in our solutions. All of our coaches and CTO office consultants are required to be SAFe Program Consultant certified, and now, we have three SPC Trainer level certifications on staff as well. This will help us take worldwide distributed organisations further and faster through their transformations.”  SAFe Program Consultant Trainer Certification Rally is the first and only SAI platform partner to achieve SAFe Program Consultant Trainer Certification, the highest certification level offered by SAI. Established by SAI, the SPCT program recognises individuals who demonstrate superior knowledge, competency, and in-depth field experience in adopting Agile across an enterprise with the Scaled Agile Framework. Additionally, those with SPCT status are the only ones authorised to train aspiring SPCs.   Rally’s in-house SAFe Program Consultants and partners deliver transformation services globally to help organisations scale Agile from the team to the program and to the enterprise level. Learn more at http://www.rallydev.com### About Rally Rally Software is a leading global provider of enterprise-class software and services solutions that drive agility. Companies use Rally’s solutions to accelerate the pace of innovation, improve performance, and respond effectively to evolving competitive markets and customer needs. Rally’s SaaS platform transforms the way organisations manage the software development lifecycle by aligning software development and strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, and increasing transparency. Rally’s consulting and training services apply Agile and Lean approaches to help organisations innovate, lead, adapt, and deliver. Learn more at http://www.rallydev.com.   © 2014 Rally Software Development Corp. All rights reserved. Rally, Rally Software, and the Rally logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rally Software Development Corp. in the United States and other countries.  Scaled Agile Framework and SAFe are trademarks of Leffingwell, LLC. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. Rally Software Appoints Regional Vice President, Opens Second Australian Office to Meet Growing Demand for Business Agility 2014-04-02T05:14:00Z rally-software-appoints-regional-vice-president-opens-second-australian-office-to-meet-growing-demand-for-business-agility Rally (NYSE: RALY), a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development, has expanded its existing presence in Australia with the opening of an office in Sydney and the appointment of Anthony Farr as Regional Vice President. This is the company’s second office in Australia, complementing Rally’s Melbourne operations, launched in 2012. This is the company’s third location in the Asia Pacific region which also includes an office in Singapore. “The pace of innovation in enterprise companies is accelerating faster than ever before. Companies across the globe are challenged by nimble competitors who can build products more quickly and cost effectively. As a result, many of the ASX200 organisations are looking for solutions to increase overall business agility, both to meet the demands of a rapidly changing market and to remain competitive,” said Tim Miller, Chief Executive Officer at Rally. “Rally is positioned well in the Australian market to offer not only platforms, but the coaching, support and transformation consulting services that today’s organisations require.” The expansion of Rally’s footprint in Australia is in response to growing demand in-market as companies realise the benefits of their Agile teams' fast-pace delivery, and scale the process across many functions of the business. Customers finding solutions through Agile processes and their use of Rally include MYOB Australia, Telstra, and Australia Post. Anthony Farr brings to Rally Software 15 years of experience in the IT industry. In his role as Regional Vice President, Farr will be responsible for developing and managing the company’s presence in the region, including its revenue performance, go-to-market strategy, channel partner momentum and demand generation.   “We’re very excited to welcome Anthony Farr to Rally. His skill set and significant expertise will continue to drive recognition and momentum for Rally in Australia,” said Brendan Walsh, Vice President of International Strategy and Sales at Rally Software Development.   “At the same time, Anthony has a proven track record of providing leadership for winning account teams.  These will be real assets as we continue to develop and deploy our first-class solutions for Agile practice and innovation in the region.” Farr was previously a Sales Director at Blue Coat Systems, and prior to that Country Manager for Packeteer, and Regional Sales Manager for Compuware. Rally has eleven locations worldwide with its headquarters based in Boulder, Colorado, USA.  Its Asia Pacific locations include Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore. About Rally Rally Software is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for managing Agile software development. The Rally® Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) platform transforms the way organizations manage the software development lifecycle by closely aligning software development and strategic business objectives, facilitating collaboration, increasing transparency and automating manual processes. Companies use Rally to accelerate the pace of innovation, improve productivity and more effectively adapt to rapidly changing customer needs and competitive dynamics. © 2014 Rally Software Development Corp. All rights reserved. Rally, the Rally logo, and Rally Software are trademarks or registered trademarks of Rally Software Development Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. 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