Tasktop Execs Invited to Speak about Software Development Trends, Tools and Teamwork at IBM Innovate 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Mik Kersten speaks on DevOps tool integrations and joins other members of OSLC community on an interoperability panel. Dave West and Nicole Bryan cover ALM, Agile, Defect Unification and Collaboration in Talks for Software Delivery Practitioners and Management at The IBM Technical Summit. Jeff Downs co-presents a customer case study.

Tasktop Presenters: Mik Kersten, CEO; Dave West, Chief Product Officer; Nicole Bryan, Vice President, Product Management; Jeff Downs, Solutions Architect

Talks and Panels:

Kick Off and Panel Discussion: Getting the Most out of Collaborative Development 
Monday, June 2, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
For many software delivery teams, working with others is a huge overhead that affects software delivery timing and adoption of agile practices. One way to solve the collaboration nightmare is to enforce small teams and stick to one location. But large and distributed teams are the reality for many. This discussion led by Dave West, Chief Product Officer, Tasktop, features a panel of IBM and Tasktop clients.

Panel: Best Practices on Implementing Integrated Tools
Monday, June 2, 4:15 to 5:15 PM EDT
The need for integrated solutions, especially for software delivery tools, represents unique challenges based on origins of tools, purpose and speed to integrate within the product and software delivery pipeline. Dave West, Chief Product Officer at Tasktop, leads a panel discussion featuring IBM clients and OSLC Chief Architect Steve Speicher of IBM Rational.

Interoperability with PLM Tools Using OSLC
Tuesday, June 3, 12:30 to 1:15 PM EDT
The Rational tools provide broad capabilities for designing complex products, systems, and software. Other discipline-specific tools such as Product Lifecycle Management tools for mechanical design play an important role but no longer can operate in a silo. Integration with these tools is mandatory for effective product engineering and delivery. Members of the OSLC community discuss interoperability between Rational and other tools outside of the software development world.

Case Study: How A Leading Insurance and Financial Services Company Uses Tasktop Sync to Connect RTC, QC, and RRC
Tuesday, June 3, 3:00 to 4:00 PM EDT
In this session co-presented by Tasktop’s Jeff Downs, attendees will learn about end-to-end DevOps integration and how a joint IBM / Tasktop customer is flowing business requirements and defects between IBM Rational Team Concert, IBM Rational Requirements Composer and HP Quality Center. This case study will highlight the lessons learned rolling out Tasktop Sync, share some best practices, and demonstrate what a successfully integrated lifecycle can look like.

Introduction to IBM’s DevOps Maturity Model with Client Case Studies
Tuesday, June 3, 4:15 to 5:45 PM EDT
In this session, IBM Chief Architect Paul Bahrs and Tasktop CPO Dave West will introduce IBM’s DevOps maturity model, provide a framework for mobile improvement, and walk attendees through a DevOps self-assessment. Client case studies that focus on improving Dev and Ops collaboration and introducing agility into service management will be discussed.

Better Lifecycle Tool Integrations Through Open Interfaces
Wednesday, June 4, 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM EDT
Lifecycle tools often keep their artifacts to themselves. In this session, Tasktop’s Mik Kersten and IBM’s Steve Speicher and John Arwe will explore the evolution of these tools and what they are looking to achieve in the future from the perspective of the developers and the producers of the tools. New practices will be presented such as RESTful Web API that allows the flexibility and loosely coupled nature needed for resilient integrations.

Practicing ALM in a Mixed Lifecycle Tool Environment
Wednesday, June 4, 5:00 to 5:30 PM EDT
Most organizations have a wide variety of DevOps tools from open source and a cornucopia of commercial vendors. Keeping disparate tools integrated do not scale through upgrade cycles and as the number of tools increases. In this session, Gary Cernosek of IBM Rational and Tasktop’s Nicole Bryan will explore integrating Rational ALM products with 3rd-party tools to help customers leverage their existing investments in those tools. By applying the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) in conjunction with rolling out Rational Lifecycle Integration Adaptors, organizations can improve time to market, traceability, and overall lifecycle management..

Defect Unification Across Disciplines
Thursday, June 5, 9:45 to 10:45 AM EDT
Before the Rational Unified Process, DevOps, and agile processes, defects were created and managed by QA resources with work allocated to development in regular planning meetings or via spreadsheets. Increasingly, the line between development and QA has blurred, with defects and stories being the currency of both organizations. With testers, developers, and project managers all wanting different things from their view of defects, the result is complex workflows and long defect forms with too many mandatory fields. In this session, Tasktop’s Dave West will describe how organizations are using Tasktop Sync and the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters to ensure that work flows seamlessly between the disciplines.

Where: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida

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About Tasktop:
Over one million users employ Tasktop’s ALM integration technology to transform the productivity of software delivery, by connecting the development, testing, Agile planning, PMO and operations functions into a unified software development and delivery team. Tasktop customers are the global leaders in financial services, insurance, government and manufacturing, and include five of the top twenty-five banks in the world and three of the top seven US insurance companies. Partners, including CA, HP, IBM and Serena, rely on our independent, vendor-neutral role to connect their customers’ software delivery disciplines via OEM distributions of our products. Tasktop has defined the Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI) category to fulfill our mission to “connect the world of software delivery.” For more information about Tasktop and SLI, please visit: http://tasktop.com


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