Planview Acquires LeanKit

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We’re excited by the news that Tasktop’s partner LeanKit has been acquired by Planview. LeanKit is a best-of-breed provider of enterprise-grade Kanban visual project management technology.

As an integration provider for LeanKit, Tasktop connects LeanKit to dozens of third-party solutions in areas such as Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Requirements Management, Test & Quality Management, and IT Service Management. Planview is well known for its Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution, which is part of an industry-leading suite of work and resource management applications.

The two companies are a great fit given Planview customers’ desire to adopt lean and Agile practices for faster innovation, and LeanKit customers’ need for PPM to manage the full picture for the entire organization. It’s always satisfying to see organizations like LeanKit and Planview combine forces and focus on driving more customer value rather than reinventing each other’s wheels.

With the combined solution, the PMO can now collaborate directly and efficiently with software development, IT operations, product managers, physical engineers and other groups that take advantage of enterprise Kanban practices.

Tasktop integrates the PMO with Lean & Agile

Bringing the two companies and their technologies together makes a lot of sense but how exactly do the teams and technologies work together? It’s early days for Planview and LeanKit, and I’d expect they will announce more details of an integrated product strategy in due course. Fortunately for Tasktop customers, connecting the PMO with Lean & Agile is a well-established pattern of integration across solutions from several vendors including LeanKit and Planview.

Take a look at the following common scenarios for integrated PMO/PPM collaboration:

Tasktop Integrates Planview with LeanKit

For Planview and LeanKit specifically, consider an organization with a need to manage high level deliverables in Planview and manage the production of those items in LeanKit. With Tasktop, development deliverables might be created on the Planview side and automatically represented as cards on the Kanban board in LeanKit. From there, practitioners can break those features down as appropriate. The LeanKit team may also determine additional features are necessary and those items would be reflected back in Planview. When a LeanKit Kanban board user drags a card from one column to the next, the status of the corresponding item in Planview is automatically updated and vice versa. Artifacts, attribute values, status updates, and schedule updates flow bi-directionally between the two systems as needed.

Take a look at this screencast demo video presented by Tasktop’s Mara Puisite to see the LeanKit and Planview integration in action:

Tasktop addresses collaboration challenges such as between PPM and Agile/Lean as part of a wider initiative to optimize an organization’s overall value stream. By connecting and automating the real-time flow of information across best-of-breed solutions, it becomes possible to collaborate across silos and gain end-to-end visibility. With visibility comes the ability to identify bottlenecks to increase velocity, obtain end-to-end traceability, and make better IT investment decisions.

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