The biggest change in the new 4.5 version is the added option to deploy ScrumWorks Pro as a hosted service (SaaS). This brings automatic updates to the software and obviates on site management and allocation of hardware. 4.5 also includes new program and team level web-based reporting features. Here is a list of the new reporting types:
- Hours Spent by Theme
- Lean Cycle Time
- Release Burn-Up
- Team Average Velocity
- Epic Budget Progress
Szalvay answered a few more questions about the direction of ScrumWorks:
DZone: Is ScrumWorks having to adapt to any changes in the Scrum ecosystem?
Victor Szvalvay: Yes, as Scrum is gaining momentum, we’re challenged to adapt ScrumWorks to meet the needs of larger and larger deployments of Scrum. Our ScrumWorks Pro 4 platform is a huge step in that direction – bringing Scrum and Agile to the program management level. ScrumWorks Pro 4.5 is addressing reporting needs we’re seeing in practice with our customers.
DZone: What are some of the beneficial changes that have grown out of Danube's merger with CollabNet?
Victor: As Agile and Scrum go mainstream there is a dash in the market to support large heterogeneous enterprises. The strategic advantage for ScrumWorks is that CollabNet’s other products, like TeamForge, provide a strong foundational platform for cross-platform, cross-methodology software development. In essence, CollabNet brings the “ALM” to the table, while ScrumWorks provides the Agile capability for these large players moving slowly toward Agile practices.
DZone: How successful has the community portal for feature-requesting and other things evolved since its release?
Victor: It’s been a terrific way to interact with our community because it gives voice to anyone with the will to speak up. We build at least half of our features based on votes from the community, while the other half come from strategic initiatives. It’s nice when your customers help directly in prioritizing your product backlog.
Victor Szvalvay was the CEO of Danube technologies, the company that produced ScrumWorks, and when they were acquired this year by CollabNet, he took over as CTO of the ScrumWorks division.