Tasktop Webinars

Tasktop offers free webinars covering a range of topics including Scaled Agile, analytics, value stream integration, product updates and more. Register today for an upcoming Tasktop webinar or watch recordings from our past webinars.

 

 

 Upcoming Webinars

 The Missing Link for Accelerating DevOps Testing

September 21

Testing is often blamed as the enemy of acceleration initiatives—learn how it can evolve into an enabler of “quality at speed.”

Join Gernot Brandl, Solutions Manager at Tricentis, and Dr. Tuuli Bell, Partner Account Manager at Tasktop, to explore why and how to make Testing the hub of organizational quality. You’ll learn integration strategies that accelerate testing, increase team productivity, and optimize decision-making across the DevOps pipeline by:

  • Automating the flow of defects, requirements, epics, and test cases across the value stream (Atlassian JIRA, HPE ALM, and Tricentis Tosca)
  • Synchronizing system critical data between systems while retaining relationship and context information
  • Minimizing errors and rework by flowing defects round trip to development for correction
Register Now - 1:00pm London (BST) | 2:00pm Vienna (CEST)
Register Now - 1:00pm New York (EDT) | 10:00am Vancouver (PDT)

 

Don't Let Cultural Debt Drown Your Business

September 27: 9:00am Vancouver | 12:00am New York | 5:00pm London

When developing a product there are times when it makes sense to take on technical debt - making a technical decision that’s easy to implement in the short term that will cause additional work later. These decisions borrow against the future of the product, but technical decisions can also borrow against the culture of the organization, creating cultural debt.

In this webinar we’ll discuss how to identify the symptoms of cultural debt including

  • Divisions between teams
  • Ineffective communication
  • Lack of visibility across the product lifecycle

Join us to learn how to identify and manage cultural debt before it drowns your business. 

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 Past Webinars

2017

Highlights

The Evolution of Agile Portfolio Management for Scaled Agile Success

From Dev to Ops, all teams within an IT organization should be working towards the same goal -- fast delivery of value to the customer -- and the benefits of Agile can help them get there. But this is not possible with a disconnected toolchain. Agile must impact the whole end-to-end workflow. In this webinar with Leankit, we'll discuss how your organization can enable scaled Agile success by:

  • Aligning team priorities around the common goals of an Agile transformation
  • Increasing visibility of project status and compliance with cross tool traceability and reporting
  • Creating and managing an integrated value stream that can scale to hundreds of projects in minutes

 

Integrate DevOps and ALM Tools to Speed Delivery

Test and build automation are important pieces of your DevOps toolchain, but these tools need to be integrated with your issue trackers and test management in order to optimize your software delivery. Join us for this 30 minute webinar demonstrating how to

  • Create defects in HPE Quality Center automatically when an automated test in Selenium fails
  • Update JIRA issues with build fail/pass information from Jenkins
  • Create visibility and traceability across your value stream with data from all of your tools

Painless DevSecOps: Building Security Into Your DevOps Pipeline

When a security vulnerability is found, your team needs to be able to address it quickly, without having to check and update multiple systems. This 30 minute webinar demonstrates how to:
  • Automate the creation of defects in HPE Quality Center when vulns are detected by WhiteHat Sentinel
  • Improve compliance by providing traceability between vulns and their fixes
  • Enable real-time reporting on status of security vulnerabilities
 

No Tool is an Island: Building DevOps Into Your Business 

IT toolstacks keep growing, with specialized tools that improve the efficiency of the business analysts, developers, testers, and service desk reps involved in the software delivery value stream. The problem is: NOTHING IS FLOWING!Tasktop was no exception. We struggled with the lack of visibility, communication bottlenecks, inefficiencies and waste created by a disconnected toolchain. In this webinar, we’ll describe the problems we faced and how we’ve solved them with relative ease through automation across our value stream.

 

 

5 Leading Challenges Facing PMOs - And How Agile Program Management Changes The Game

During this webinar, cPrime Agile Coach, Brian Mulconrey, and Tasktop Business Analyst, Rebecca Dobbin, present why leading program and project management officers are learning to love Agile program management because it provides powerful tools for tackling their five leading challenges:
  • Scope Changes – Learn to welcome scope changes even late in a project. Just in time backlog prioritization makes this not only possible but vital for agile program management.
  • Impossible Deadlines – Transform artificial deadlines into continuous flows of value to customers.
  • Poor Communication – Agile development teams transform communication from a task into a daily habit for all team members.
  • Lack of Accountability – Move from “assigning tasks” to an environment where teams eagerly pull tasks and own their commitments to deliver on their sprint plans.
  • Poor Risk Management – Confront risks early AND continuously with program level agile teams dedicated to finding and clearing obstacles to success.
 

Automating Change Request Flow & Traceability Across the Value Stream

With the fast pace of software delivery today, change is the only constant. Organizations are investing in new staff, tools, and processes to drive Agile, DevOps, and ITSM initiatives.The problems that occur are not the changes themselves, but the disconnected nature of the changes. Many organizations are adopting new tools to improve collaboration within the individual disciplines (Agile planning, test automation, change management, etc.). However, the challenges that occur are often in the collaboration between the disciplines and productivity suffers from disconnected tools and poor visibility.Change Requests are a key example of a process spanning multiple disciplines. It is essential to automate the flow of Change Requests and establish traceability with affected artifacts such as requirements, tests, and test results.During this webinar Erik Parow of Tx3 Services and Mara Puisite of Tasktop demonstrate how to:
  • Connect your Lifecycle, DevOps, and Database tools into a unified software delivery value stream.
  • Increase visibility of project status and compliance with cross tool traceability and reporting.
  • Automate the flow and approval of Change Request Change Plans, Implementations, Verifications, and Deployments with Atlassian JIRA, HPE ALM and Tx3 VERA.

 

Getting Visual with Value Stream Integration

Integration is at the heart of value stream improvement. In software, your value stream spans different domains and tools, which makes integration unavoidable. You need a seamless flow of information between people and tools to refine your delivery process.Integration can be complex, but the difficulty is compounded when you cannot see everything that needs to be connected. When you can actually see what’s flowing between systems in a simple, intuitive way, you are well on your way to being able to improve your value stream.In this webinar learn how to:
  • Create a connected value stream by automating artifact flow across your software development and delivery tools
  • Provide value stream visibility to senior leadership with Tasktop’s new Integration Landscape View
  • Easily scale and manage integrations with model-based integration management

 

Quality Automation for Agile and DevOps Transformation Success 

For organizations going through Agile and DevOps transformations, quality automation is crucial. Sharing information between tools is no longer a competitive advantage but an essential part of an efficient value stream. Without quality automation, flowing defects, requirements, test cases, and execution results between tools and collaborating teams can be slow, onerous, and susceptible to human error.In this webinar, Gernot Brandl, Senior Product Manager at Tricentis, and Dr. Tuuli Bell, Partner Account Manager at Tasktop, discuss and demo how quality automation and value stream integration can help organizations with their Agile and DevOps transformations by:
  • Automating the flow of defects, requirements, epics, test cases and other information across the value stream for enhanced traceability and visibility
  • Synchronizing critical data between systems while retaining relationship and context information
  • Minimizing errors and rework by flowing defects from multiple sources round-trip to development

 

Deliver on the Promise of Agile and DevOps Transformations

IT organizations are under continual pressure to develop and deliver high-quality applications – at speed - in order to provide key competitive advantage for their company.
They’ve adopted Agile and DevOps practices. But particularly for large organizations with complex application portfolios or compliance pressures, these practices have yet to fulfill the promise of enhancing an organization’s ability to continually deliver customer value. Agile has improved development and test; and DevOps has streamlined getting code into production. But these advances have been localized improvements; to get to the next step software delivery leaders must take a more holistic approach to improving the entire lifecycle.

In this webinar guest speaker, Forrester Senior Analyst Christopher Condo will present his analysis of practices used in modern application delivery and will describe how creating an integrated value stream can help organizations regain their focus on the delivery of customer value.

 

Break Through Agile Transformation Stagnation

Transformation to Agile at scale typically takes 1-3 years. There is a pattern of adoption that most companies go through that achieves initial gains, but tends to stagnate after the initial improvement.Join Tasktop VP of Industry Strategy, Betty Zakheim, and Net Objectives CEO, Al Shalloway, to learn:
  • The challenges are causing this stagnation
  • Why these challenges are so prevalent after an initial Agile adoption
  • What must be done to solve them
  • We’ll describe a combination of a holistic mindset with practices on value identification and decomposition that aligns teams across the software delivery value stream while providing insights into how to better form trains so they can collaborate more effectively.
  • We’ll show how Value Stream Integration provides the necessary support to enable agile at scale.

 

Transform Software Delivery with Tasktop Integration Hub

We won’t build your software for you, but we will transform *how* you build it, making your software delivery process better and faster.Join us to learn how Tasktop allows your disconnected tools to act harmoniously by automating collaboration, traceability, and visibility from ideation to production, enabling your organization to accelerate its business value delivery.Product Managers Cynthia Mancha and Trevor Bruner do a live demo to show you how Tasktop lets you:
  • connect your Lifecycle, DevOps and Database tools into a unified software delivery toolchain
  • scale to hundreds of projects in a matter of minutes
  • collaborate in context with attachment and comment synchronization

 

What Nobody's Telling You About Agile and DevOps

Everyone is talking about improving software delivery using Agile and DevOps. They've had some success - but the secret nobody is talking about is that it's not really working at enterprise scale.In this webinar, we'll discuss:
  • the common goals of Agile and DevOps transformations
  • how these goals break down at enterprise scale
  • how you can achieve an integrated value stream that will put your transformation back on track.
 2016 Highlights

 

Eliminate the PMO Information Scavenger Hunt

The adoption of Agile methods has made it more difficult for PMs to have full visibility into the software development lifecycle. The velocity of change is greater than in the past, and the information they need to get the full picture of status to report to PMOs, business units, and senior management is spread across different systems, often requiring manual collection. This information scavenger hunt makes it extremely difficult and time consuming to present real-time and accurate information. 

Lori Hagewood, PMP discusses these challenges and demonstrates how to streamline information flow between PPM, ALM and ITSM tools, enabling better decision-making across the IT organization.  

Why Agile Fails. *Hint* - It's More than just Process

A successful Agile transformation requires a combination of people, process and technology, but too often these aspects are treated separately. Organizations need an approach that connects the entire application lifecycle with tools that are tightly integrated and automated to support processes. 

Zubin Irani, CEO of cPrime and Scot Garrison, Director of Professional Services at Tasktop demonstrate how this unified approach allows companies to 
  • speed delivery through real-time collaboration
  • increase visibility of project status and compliance with cross tool traceability and reporting
  • encourage the use of specialized tools that support practioners’ process

 

Beyond the Scrum Team: Delivering "Done" at Scale

In this webinar Dave West, CEO and Product Owner of Scrum.org, and Betty Zakheim, VP of Industry Strategy at Tasktop talk about the success of Scrum in the enterprise and techniques that organizations can employ when they have a large IT shop. Join us for this discussion of the successes and challenges of Scrum at scale, including: 
  • Scrum.org's Nexus
  • how software development teams can deliver "Done" at scale
  • how these techniques fit into the broader software delivery lifecycle
 

SAFe & Requirements Management: Oxymoron or Practical Reality? 

Agile and requirements management aren't exactly a match made in heaven. But, in many industries, there is a practical reality that mandates some successful marriage between true requirements management and Agile. If you are writing surveillances for regulating Wall Street or building the software for a pacemaker or the automated brake system for cars that have to meet standards in different countries, you have to make them work together. In these cases, you will want to examine three areas to ensure that you can successfully implement requirements management and still operate in a “SAFe” way. 
  • First, what is your motivation for deciding to do more sophisticated requirements management? Is it purely for compliance or auditability reasons? Or is reusability a big driver?
  • Second, what other, non-requirements management tools will be involved in the extended flow necessary to accomplish your final goal? And what role will these tools play?
  • Finally, what specific information will be needed by the tools and for what reason? 

This webinar will examine these three areas and provide guidance to aid in your implementation of SAFe with requirements management. 

 

Target DevOps Bottlenecks with Connected Lifecycle Data Transforming your fragmented software development and delivery capability into a highly efficient DevOps machine won’t happen overnight. To deliver customer value faster, you must go on a journey of continuous improvement to connect teams, automate processes and eliminate waste from the value chain. This requires you to:

  • Understand your value chain
  • Connect the value chain to eliminate waste and establish end-to-end traceability
  • Collect and measure end-to-end software delivery metrics
  • Target bottlenecks and identify solutions using more focused metrics  
Learn how our customers are using connected lifecycle data to guide their enterprise DevOps journeys. 

Software developer productivity: What we know and how to make it better

Everyone seems to want more software developed and produced faster. Yet simply ramping up the number of individuals able to produce software is not sufficient; it is also important to improve the productivity of the software developers. But, what is software development productivity anyway? When do software developers consider themselves productive? What friction exists in software development that lowers productivity? In this talk, Gail Murphy will discuss recent studies about software development productivity from the eyes of developers and will suggest directions to improve software development productivity based on the daily activities of software developers. This talk includes joint work with T. Fritz (U. Zürich), A. Meyer (U. Zürich) and T. Zimmermann (Microsoft Research).  

Strong ARM Your Tools 

Artifact Relationship Management (ARM) lets you recreate the structure and hierarchy between your ALM tools; creating order instead of chaos. Have a parent-child relationship on one side? ARM allows you to maintain this parent-child relationship on the other side of your integration. Watch this webinar to learn why maintaining links between your work items across your ecosystem saves you time & money.