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

Value Stream Architecture: What is it and how can it help

Thursday, September 19 - 10am Vancouver | 1pm New York | 5pm London

Methodologies such as Agile and DevOps have been adopted to accelerate the time between build to deploy, yet the benefits are often only felt at a localized level (more sprints completed, higher number of deployments etc.) without a tangible link to business outcomes. Enter Value Stream Architecture. Register for our webinar to learn:

  • The business case for Value Stream Architecture
  • Why your organization needs it in order to scale Agile and DevOps
  • How to architect for end-to-end flow of business value from customer request to delivery and back through the customer feedback loop


 Past Webinars

2018 Highlights

Roadmap to M&A Success: How Model-Based Integration Minimizes Disruption and Improves Collaboration Across your Software Teams

With more than two-thirds of M&A transactions failing, there's continuous pressure on IT leaders to pave the way for smooth transitions. When combined, the software delivery teams of both companies can leverage economies of scale and propel enterprise innovation that was previously unattainable. But first, you need to get everyone rowing in the same direction. Learn how Tasktop’s model-based integration provides the flexibility to accommodate organizational changes with minimal disruption to teams.


Why Model-Based Integration is Key for Value Stream Management

Learn why model-based integration is the only way to efficiently synchronize large volumes of sophisticated data across teams and tools, while maintaining integrity and supporting cross-tool reporting.


Why Digitial Transformations are Failing at Scale - Avoid it by Shifting from Project to Product

During this webinar guest speaker, Forrester VP, Principal Analyst, Diego Lo Giudice, and Tasktop CEO, Dr. Mik Kersten, presented their research on why transformations are failing at scale and how a product value stream approach enables organizations to survive and thrive in the age of digital disruption.


How to Integrate Multiple Jira Instances to Improve Collaboration, Visibility, and Reporting

There's no denying that Jira has taken over the developer space and many organizations are taking advantage of the flexibility of Jira by making it their single source of truth for all software delivery teams. If Jira is your single source of truth, it’s easy to believe you don’t need to connect to the rest of your value stream. The truth is, in order to ensure cross-team visibility, traceability and overarching reporting, you don’t need to look past Jira for the need to integrate. Join Senior Value Stream Architect, Mara Puisite to learn why you need to integrate your Jira instances to:

  • Increase collaboration and reduce informal handovers
  • Automate information flow to enable traceability across multiple Jira system
  • Seamlessly accommodate organization change (mergers, acquisitions, reorgs), minimizing team disruptions
  • Centralize fragmented data in a reporting database to identify bottlenecks

Value Stream Management vs Value Stream Mapping: What You Need To Know

The emergence of Value Stream Management (VSM) as a concept applicable to IT signals a change for traditional enterprises in a tech-driven world. Finally, organizations have a digital practice available that is focused on the optimization of business value. By combining the people, processes, and technologies that map, optimize, visualize and control how value flows across software delivery pipeline, these organizations now have an opportunity to level the digital playing field. At the same time, all this talk of value streams and Value Stream Mapping - also acronymized as VSM - is causing some confusion. While the two “VSMs” are different concepts, they are not mutually exclusive. In this webinar, Dominica DeGrandis and Carmen DeArdo will answer questions on how they complement one another, what they are and what they can do.


Future proof your Jira integrations and avoid API change panic

Does the Jira API change leave you vulnerable to disruption? If you’re connecting Jira to the rest of your software delivery toolchain, Atlassian’s new approach to user identification could mean a major headache. What happens to all of the integrations you’ve set up when the API change goes into effect? Join Tasktop to learn more about what’s changing and see how you can keep product-critical data flowing between teams with Value Stream Integration.


Creating Role Model Ladders: An International Women's Day Panel

Gender equality is an essential part of what makes businesses thrive. In STEM industries specifically, women are often underrepresented. The void of female role models is like missing rungs on a ladder - only the very brave will dare climb higher with no support. Watch this on-demand International Women’s Day panel discussion to hear how we can create a more gender-balanced world and the concrete steps organizations can make to take action.


How Measuring Defect Detection Percentage (DDP) Improves Regression Test Coverage

In this webinar hosted by Software Test Professionals, Tasktop Sr. Solutions Architect, Matt Angerer, will discuss the fundamentals to calculating how effective your team is at finding bugs in your software. Using ServiceNow and Micro Focus ALM to demonstrate, he’ll show you how to automate the flow of information between your ALM and ITSM tools to monitor DDP in real time.

Project To Product: Connecting IT to the Business with the Flow FrameworkTM

Mastering large-scale software delivery will define the economic landscape of the 21st century, just as the mastery of mass production defined the landscape in the 20th. Unfortunately, business and technology leaders are woefully ill-equipped for the Age of Software because they are using management paradigms from past technological revolutions. While technologists adopting DevOps and Agile have already made the transition, the gap between modern technical practices and the business has only widened in the process. A new approach is needed.

During this webinar hosted by SD Times, Dr. Mik Kersten will present the Flow FrameworkTM – a new approach to software delivery spanning the language of the business with the language of technology and enables the transition from project to product.

Flow Metrics: What They Are & Why You Need Them

To visualize and optimize the business value of your software delivery, you need to find a way to measure business outcomes. To do that, we need flow metrics. During this webinar, Dominica DeGrandis presents five key flow metrics that reveal trends on desirable business outcomes – such as faster time-to-market, responsiveness to customers, and predictable release timeframes – and explains how to implement them to measure and improve the impact and value of software products on your business.


What is Value Stream Management and why do you need it?

Agile has provided a framework for shortening iterations and adapting to ever changing requirements.  DevOps established practices for automating the software delivery pipeline. While these methods are becoming standard practices in building software, scaling these concepts is problematic.  That’s where Value Stream Management (VSM) comes in.

Watch this on-demand webinar with Tasktop Senior VSM Strategist, Carmen DeArdo, to learn:

  • What is Value Stream Management and why you need it
  • How to architect your delivery pipeline for end-to-end flow and delivery speed
  • Why moving from a project to product approach is critical to survive in the age of digital disruption


Unburdening Jira: How to optimize your end-to-end value stream

First it was RTC. Now it’s Jira. The truth is, you can’t migrate all the specialist stages of enterprise software into one tool. Plugging too much workflow into Jira (or any one system) will undo its productivity benefits and undermine the effectiveness your end-to-end software delivery value stream. Watch this webinar to learn:

  • The rise and benefits of Jira
  • Why a best-of-breed tool approach is vital to support all stages in the software delivery process
  • How integrating Jira with all other tools optimizes the value of each tool


Improving Regression Testing Effectiveness With Defect Detection Percentage (DDP)

Using ServiceNow and Micro Focus ALM to demonstrate, we’ll show you how to automate the flow of information between your ALM and ITSM tools to monitor DDP in real time. Synchronizing incidents to your defect tracking tool is imperative if you want to perform root cause analysis to identify what regression test case “should have” trapped the defect during your last round of regression testing and trace it back. Learn how this integration allows you to:

  • Monitor your testing teams’ effectiveness in real time
  • Demonstrate and improve regression test coverage
  • Protect production environments with early trend detection


Monitor the Health of your Software Delivery Organization with DevOps Metrics

To check on the health of your processes you need to be constantly tuned into your source code, artifact management, continuous integration, delivery and deployment, static code analysis, security analysis, monitoring health, infrastructure, and test automation, just to name a few. In addition to monitoring the health of your release pipeline, you also need big picture metrics that can measure the value you are delivering to the business and highlight where your current bottlenecks are. Watch this webinar to learn:

  • Which dashboards you need for optimizing CI/CD and value delivery
  • Best practices adopted by the Fortune 100 to achieve these metrics (Which metrics does Silicon Valley use to measure success?)
  • How to successfully combine metrics of varying granularity to provide a full, up-to-date picture of your development pipeline


7 Reasons Why Value Stream Integration Improves Software Quality Assurance

Inspired by Matt Angerer’s trials and tribulations as a Program Testing Consultant, watch this presentation for a no-nonsense action-packed roadmap to understanding how VSI can revolutionize how you deliver and protect software quality for lasting results. 


Deliver on the Promise of Agile and DevOps with Value Stream Integration

Agile and DevOps are about delivering value to the customer and for the business. However, if your teams are wasting time on non-value-added work, such as manual entry from one tool to another, then you’re not being Agile, nor properly practicing DevOps. Watch our webinar with partner, ReleaseTEAM, to find out how your organization can deliver on the promise of Agile and DevOps.


Mind the Gap: Bridging the Divide Between the Business and Agile/DevOps Teams with Value Stream Management

Software delivery organizations have transformed the way they develop and deliver software, adopting Agile and DevOps practices to help them achieve ambitious business targets. But as more teams see success with these methods, they’re finding that there’s a disconnect keeping them from reaching their full potential.

Watch as featured guest Chris Condo, Sr. Analyst at Forrester discusses findings from their recent research on value stream management and how organizations are bridging the gap between the business and their Agile and DevOps teams to maintain their competitive edge.


Scrum with Value Streams - Can you finally get rid of waterfall thinking?

Increasingly, DevOps is encouraging organizations to think holistically about the value streams of delivery. Make work visible and look to reduce waste. But agile and Scrum has taught us that complex problems require teams to self-organize, to 'scrum' to make progress. Does that mean that the value streams are continually changing? Does that mean that when you introduce value streams you remove the ability of the Scrum team to self-organize?

In this talk, Dave West Product Owner and CEO of and Mik Kersten CEO of Tasktop discuss the challenges of introducing value streams to a Scrum world and how you can balance flexibility with the structure to enable better flow and deliver more value to customers. They will discuss how to avoid Value-Waterfall-Stream to make sure your stream doesn't become a waterfall and provide a list of potential warning signs for when the process of value streams has become a way of re-introducing traditional waterfall thinking to your product delivery process.


Calendars for Humans - How to Undo the All-Day Cram

The increased collaboration required by DevOps can sometimes bring an unwelcome guest: meetings. An exchange of mutually critical information is essential, but a day crammed with back-to-back meetings results in time theft. Are you losing precious time trapped in meeting misery? Dashing from meeting to meeting allows sparse time for people to finish important work and contributes to low employee satisfaction and poor performance. Getting buy-in to change meeting madness is tricky – but it can be done!

In this webinar, Dominica addresses the too-many-meetings problem and provides actionable takeaways to help you optimize your time. Come learn how to influence the boss and get buy-in to improve your team’s capacity to get real work done.


Customer Insights: 11 IT Tool Integration Patterns to Speed Delivery

In an analysis of over 300 software delivery organizations we found that high performing IT organizations realize the value of end-to-end process automation beyond the CI/CD pipeline.

Join us to learn:

  • How IT tool integration accelerates enterprise software delivery
  • How to implement 11 popular tool integration patterns
  • Strategies to reach integration maturity through chained integration patterns

We’ll share the results of an analysis of 1,000 tool integrations, including how IT organizations are putting in place sophisticated integration infrastructure layer to automate the flow of work from ideation to production.


Agile Consistency vs. Flexibility: Creating a Culture of Change

By enforcing one specific methodology or tool across teams, organizations hinder their ability to deliver customer value. In this webinar, Steve Adolph, addresses the challenges organizations face when adopting Lean and Agile methodologies and presents a three-element model that enables organizations to create a consistent and flexible culture that motivates practitioners to embrace change for faster delivery of business value.


Gene and Mik Summarize Their Favorite Talks from DOES 2017

Join Gene Kim and Mik Kersten as they discuss their favorite talks from DevOps Enterprise Summit 2017 and the ways we’ll see the DevOps movement grow in 2018.

Hear how the focus on value stream thinking, the dismantling of the monolith and transformational leadership are shaping the future of DevOps as it permeates throughout the enterprise.



 2016 Highlights



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