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The Source February 2011

Leveraging Agile in an ALM World
Blog by John Hennessy, Customer Solutions Director, MKS Inc.
A common perception is that going Agile is the panacea for large project failings. Agile sounds wonderful - it makes perfect sense, right? "Shorter cycles giving rapid feedback and faster time to market", "Constant reprioritization allowing agility as business priorities change", "Deliver highest value items first, with actual working software" and of course happy smiling programmers. Utopia!

However, as you press for change within the enterprise, the reality of resistance to change sinks in. Click here to have a further look into an Agile-ALM World.

Requirements Management in an Agile World - Yes it does make sense!
Blog by Harsh Sabikhi, Certified ScrumMaster, MKS Inc. in collaboration with Doug Akers, Director of Customer Requirements, MKS Inc.
The main benefit of today's Agile development methodologies such as Scrum or XP is the promise of delivering working software in a shorter period of time and the value derived from having the flexibility to adjust which features need to be implemented for the next iteration or release. But does this type of approach allow for requirements management? Or a better question is do we need to manage both requirements and backlog items such as user stories? Or are requirements and user stories analogous?

Click here to see more on managing requirements in an Agile World.


News Articles

Agile Programming: Build Applications Users Are Sure to Like
Discover Scrum & learn how to deliver better, higher-quality applications
Hosted on MC Press Online
Written by Marty Acks, Customer Requirements Manager, MKS Inc.

Agile programming has gained significant momentum recently by changing the way in which organizations develop software. When I was first introduced to Agile programming a few years ago by a colleague, I politely listened to his enthusiastic description, but it really did not resonate for me. The more I learned, the more fascinated I became. Now, our organization is in the process of moving to Scrum, which is a well-known Agile programming methodology.

Click here to learn more on how to deliver better, higher-quality applications.

Kardium Selects MKS Integrity for Development of Innovative Cardiovascular Solutions
January 11, 2011 -- MKS announced that Kardium, a pioneer in the development of medical devices for cardiovascular patients, selected MKS Integrity™ as the application lifecycle management product of choice for the development of breakthrough solutions for cardiovascular diseases. MKS Integrity will be used in Kardium's research and development facility, created to commercialize several patent pending concepts.

The founders of Kardium recognized that developing sophisticated medical devices for this highly competitive market required a product to orchestrate the management of all engineering artifacts including requirements, specifications and test.

Click here to read the full press release.


Case Studies

Tele Atlas Increases Productivity & Effectiveness With MKS Integrity
Tele Atlas is a leading global geocontent provider of digital maps and dynamic content that power the world's most popular navigation and location-based services (LBS). Tele Atlas delivers the freshest, richest and most accurate digital map data to power the world's most essential geographic solutions.

Tele Atlas' goal was to ensure the best quality and process possible within their software engineering group. They began by defining three key challenges.

Click here to see the challenges Tele Atlas faced and how MKS Integrity was able to solve those challenges.


Upcoming Webinars

February 9, 2011
Reusing Requirements, Tests Cases & Components Across Product Lines - A Successful Approach for Improving Auditability, Quality & Time to Market
Hosted by Michael Gross, Customer Solutions Engineer, MKS Inc.
Attend this Webinar and see how MKS Integrity helps companies accelerate development and drastically reduce system defects by enabling reuse and management of requirements and their related test cases and components across releases, products and product lines.

February 10, 2011
ADTMag.com RM Supercast: Accelerating Product Innovation with Better Requirements & Lifecycle Traceability
Hosted by Steve Partridge, Customer Solutions Engineer, MKS Inc.
Software driven innovation is what drives competitive advantage for market leading organizations. This webinar will focus on how better requirements and lifecycle traceability can accelerate product innovation by reducing software-driven complexity. Learn how this traceability can be achieved across the entire product lifecycle.

February 16, 2011
Agile Journal Webinar: Agile Requirements Management - When User Stories Are Not Enough

Hosted by Colin Doyle, Customer Requirements Manager, MKS Inc.
User Stories are good mechanisms for pull-based incremental development. This presentation will show how blending both practices so that high level requirements engineering, drives the development and maintenance of the Agile product backlog, to ensure success for complex software product development.

February 17, 2011
Automating Risk Management within the Engineering Lifecycle for Medical Devices

Hosted by John Hennessy, Customer Solutions Director, MKS Inc. & Steve Mostello, Customer Solutions Engineer, MKS Inc.
Time: 10:00 AM EST (3:00 PM GMT) REGISTER NOW!
Attend this Webinar and learn how MKS Integrity automates the capture, management and tracing of hazards to risks and risk control measures. A solution demonstration will show how medical device organizations can automate risk management processes and connect them to development and verification processes.

February 24, 2011
Achieving Effective Compliance for Export Controlled Software in a Global Environment

Hosted by Paul Bowden, Customer Solutions Engineer, MKS Inc.
This Webinar explores the topic of Export Controlled software, the challenges this typically presents, how organizations are structured to cope and how the introduction of supporting application lifecycle management technology can ease the burden of compliance and auditability, facilitate greater collaboration and enhance performance and efficiency going forward.


On-Demand Webinars

When Ideas Become Requirements: Managing the Product Engineering Lifecycle from Concept to Creation
Featuring: Mills Ripley, Customer Solutions Engineer, MKS Inc.
Managing changes to requirements across a lifecycle that crosses all engineering disciplines is a complex challenge. Agile can make this job even more challenging for the Product Manager who must act as Product Owner and continually keep the backlog prioritized.

Download this On-demand Webinar as it outlines the role of a Product Manager in a high tech product engineering organization.


Stickyminds.com Webinar: Metrics that Matter to the Agile Organization - Measuring for Progress & Quality
Featuring: Harsh Sabikhi, Certified ScrumMaster, MKS Inc.
Learn about the types of metrics an agile organization should collect and why? Then see how a unified platform that connects the entire agile development lifecycle can provide visibility across product lines.

Click here for the webinar recording.


IEEE Webinar: Leveraging Agile to Streamline Software Product Line Engineering
Featuring: Matt Klassen, Strategic Solutions Manager, MKS Inc.
The world of software is buzzing with Agile processes and concepts, but how does Agile apply in the complex world of product lines and variants? In this session, learn about people, processes and technology necessary to use Agile to accelerate development while managing the overwhelming complexities of product engineering.

Download the On-demand webinar recording. If you would like to comment on this, please visit Matt's blog posting and answer this question: "Do you have any suggestions on how Agile would apply in the complex world of product lines & variants?"


ADTMag.com Agile ALM Supercast: What is Agile ALM? The Value of Agile Application Lifecycle Management Defined
Featuring: Matt Klassen, Strategic Solutions Manager, MKS Inc.
This webinar will dispel the myths and clearly define a proven ALM framework. We'll look at how an Agile ALM solution can support an organizational Agile transformation, and solve the most complex challenges faced by engineering and IT organizations today; from reducing cycle times and costs to improving software quality to managing product line development.

Click here for the webinar recording.




March 1-3, 2011 CET
Embedded World 2011

Messe Nürnberg, Germany
The Embedded World Conference 2011 is something special. New ideas that have materialized in the hands of embedded system developers in recent months are being presented and discussed for the first time. Plus we'll be looking at innovative problem solutions devised during this same time span in the areas of hardware, software and tools. Click here for more details.


March 14-17, 2011 CET
REConf 2011
NH Hotel München-Dornach Einsteinring, Aschheim-Dornach, Germany
In the last years, REConf has become the biggest event in Europe for Requirements Management and offers the most comprehensive overview on the latest trends in this area.

Celebrating 10 years of REConf in 2011, themed "Total Recall - 10 Years Requirements Engineering at a Glance", the event starts with workshops & a science track with representatives from universities and research institutions on the evening of March 14th, 2011, followed by a conference and exhibition on March 15th and 16th and more workshops on March 17th, 2011. Click here for more details.


March 16-17, 2011 EST
26th Annual Wisconsin Midrange Computer Professionals Association (WMCPA)
Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA
The Spring Technical Conference will outline Educational topics including: .NET, PHP, XML, CL, RPG. Dr. Frank Soltis will be presenting the Keynote on Wednesday! Session speakers include, Aaron Bartell, Scott Klement, Larry Bolhuis, Rob Bestgen, Alison Butterill, Tom Davidson, Susan Gantner, Jon Paris, Mike Pavlak, Richard Schoen.

Abstracts and session grids are available on line at WMCPA. An Expert Roundtable is scheduled for 6:00 PM Tuesday night. The two-day technical conference follows on March 17th and 18th.




"The Forrester Wave™ Agile Development Management Tools, Q2 2010," Forrester Research, Inc., May, 2010
MKS Named a Leader in Forrester's Analysis of Agile Development Management Tools
Forrester Research, Inc. has assessed the state of the Agile development management (ADM) tools market, reviewing ALM vendors and Agile project management tools against 152 criteria.

MKS achieved the highest scores from Forrester in the 'Process Configuration', 'Security' and 'Running a Project' subcategories of the analysis and received the second highest score for its current offering. We are pleased to offer you a complimentary copy of this research report.


Agile Development Doesn't Have to Mean Fragile Enterprise Process
This paper will show that Agile practices and approaches must be blended with proven enterprise practices to achieve the right mix of agility and discipline. Scalability is achieved by leveraging a robust and unified application lifecycle management solution to automate processes and activities where possible.

To learn more download a copy of the whitepaper.



Agile Solutions Overview - Video
Our Agile Solution overview provides a brief look at how MKS Integrity addresses the needs of Agile software development organizations. It features MKS Strategic Solutions Manager Matt Klassen, as he discusses and demonstrates the solution offered by MKS to support enterprises that rely on or plan to use scrum-based and hybrid Agile processes. To view the demo click here.


Industry Focus:

High Tech Electronics: Are engineering organizations finding the need to manage both requirements and backlog items such as user stories? Or are requirements and user stories analogous? See the Feature Article on RM.

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