Characteristics of a Good Test Management System

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The No. 1 Most Important Key to Delivering High-Value Products

To stay competitive, innovative and profitable, companies need to execute product cycles on time, on spec and at or under budget. Easier said than done, right? The processes involved in designing and building products are only getting more complex—particularly for products built with hardware and software components such as embedded systems, integrated systems and connected devices. If you’re building products, you’re tracking, organizing and trying to provide context for an incredible volume of data for weeks, months and years at a time. Pause for a… Read more >

Introducing the Jama Support Community

So you know Jama inside and out. You’re the go-to person at your company for questions about everything from configuring the Explorer Tree to setting up software testing dashboards. You’ve seen your teams go from trying to manage through a chaos of documents, email and disorganized file-sharing tools to collaborating and making critical decisions in real-time, and you can measure the positive impact this has had on the quality of your products and the morale of your team. Or maybe you’re new to Jama and… Read more >

Requirements Mismanagement: A High Price to Pay

“Forty to fifty percent.” That’s the percentage of companies that manage the creation, iteration, testing and launch of new products with MS Office, Google Docs and other all-purpose documentation tools, according to Gartner’s “Market Guide for Software Requirements Definition and Management Solutions.” The result? Gartner clients report: “Poor requirements definition and management is a major cause of rework and friction between business and IT.” Gartner notes the growing prevalence of Requirements Management solutions for IT solutions, business and product delivery. New tools and practices have… Read more >

The Dirtiest Word in Business: Process

The saying is “let it flow,” not “let it trickle, churn or clog.” But the latter three are what happens to most company processes when in the midst of creating new products. Process is a dirty word because it represents the most difficult business problems to express and address, much less solve. These are good enough reasons to avoid talking about it, so company leaders—who must prioritize problems by urgency and their ability to fix them—rarely have the time to tackle abstract concerns such as… Read more >

How to Manage Your Backlog with Calculated Fields

Earlier this week we gave you a brief overview of our new calculated fields feature. Today we’re going to go into more detail about what you can do with calculations and give you a sneak peek into what’s next. With calculated fields, you can set up multiple fields within an item that can add, multiply and average. These calculations will allow for negative numbers and up to four decimal places. Here’s an example: And to get an average: Prioritize Items in Your Backlog There are… Read more >

New In Jama: Get Productive Faster

We’re excited to announce new features, and enhancements to existing features, in the latest release of Jama that will help you get to smart decisions faster. We’ve added capabilities that help you get your day off to a productive start and quickly find and prioritize information. Get to productivity faster with the new Home Page One of the first things you’ll notice when you log in to Jama is the new home icon that leads to an improved home page that acts as your personal Jama… Read more >

Why Try a Demo? Let Us Count the Ways

Until this world is populated only by robots and not humans, product delivery problems will not be solved with development tools alone. Companies that build new products do the sensible thing and organize their very smart and capable people by professional skills and talents, but as companies grow so does the “silo effect,” isolating valuable expertise and insights, constricting communication, delaying decisions, increasing complications, and severely reducing the awareness and ownership of common goals between departments. Even just one of these problems left unchecked builds… Read more >

Six Ways to Faster Decisions that Increase ROI

What if you could get the right product to market 18 percent faster? For the average 100-person team, 18 percent translates to $1.5 million a year, and it puts one to two hours back into the day of every person on your product team. Your teams are constantly shifting work priorities in response to changes, requiring everyone to make hundreds of decisions that can impact the business value of your product. While you certainly can’t eliminate change, you can help your organization be more productive in… Read more >

The Product Manager’s Quest: A Unicorn Named Traceability

Open just about any business management book or blog and the topic of accountability—and the eternal quest for it—will turn up. But when your world revolves around managing the creation, iteration and release of new products, traceability much more accurately defines what you seek. The frustrating fact is that, for most product managers, trying to implement traceability that occurs concurrent with build processes is like trying to wish a unicorn into existence. It’s something you aspire to see, but repeated trial and error suggests it… Read more >

The New Collaboration Imperative

In this age of continuous delivery when increased time pressures compound communication breakdowns, keeping teams aligned has never been more important. Methodologies such as Agile and DevOps address these issues, and they require evangelists — plus tools — to support these practices. Jama Product Manager Derwyn Harris weighs in on this piece in CA’s publication, rewrite, on “purposeful collaboration” and how social media conventions within product development software support these teams. Smart collaboration is critical in any tech endeavor, because moving parts are plentiful. But what does “collaboration”… Read more >