Steve's Blog on Rational Requirements and Design
Have you ever been on a software project and asked yourself "where has all the time gone" ? Often the reason why a project is late, is because of all the time being spent on stuff that doesn't help get to the end goal of a deployed system. On an average project some 70-80% of the time could be classified as waste (waiting, hand offs, extra processes, extra features, defects, motion, partially done work). So although automating tasks is a great thing to do, in order to deliver software faster you have to work out how to reduce the waste. For most projects a 20% reduction in waste is easier to achieve than a 20% increase in automation, and has a much bigger impact on when the project is delivered. If you're interested in understanding more about how IBM's collaborative lifecycle management tools can help, then Paula White and I have just published an article looking at how the tools can help with the various forms of software development waste.
Well my first experience of using jazz hub – was wow – that was easy J.
If you missed the announcement at innovate a few weeks ago, and are wondering what jazz hub is – then it's an open, free, RTC instance in the cloud, with a self-service management layer over the top for creating projects. So think github, but with RTC's planning and task management capabilities and a built in orion editor for coding in the web.
Anyway so after navigating to hub.jazz.net – I saw the launch page – with options to either create or search the open projects.
I provided the project name, I wanted to keep it public ( currently you can do private projects for free, however when jazz hub goes live - its currently in beta3- it will be a paid for service), and I chose to have scrum features added. Then I hit create project. This created my project area ,and dropped me straight into the project overview page- it couldn't be simpler.
From the project screen, I set up my iterations, added a task, and also found the invite to connect to the project from eclipse. So I quickly grabbed the invite, connected to jazz hub, and shared the Reqpro connector projects. Within 5 minutes of starting, I had my code stored in RTC on the cloud.
Once the code was up there I could access it either via my desktop eclipse editor, or through the web based orion editors.
And then finally - I found all the usual RTC goodness off the Track and Plan tab - where I found I can setup dashboards, plan and create work items and queries etc
So yes - my first experiences were really positive, and it seems really simple and easy to setup and get going.