Avoid fragmentation of your software development tools

Developing software is expensive, it’s complex and overall it’s a very unreliable and fuzzy process. Engineers do not speak the language of users, key users don’t get to see daily progress because dev teams hide it behind non user-friendly platform (Jira anyone?), when questions are raised answers are lost in e-mails and cc’s, eventually the whole burden falls on the shoulders of project owners which start running around in nonsense meetings and time wasting activities.

In order to succeed you need to gather all stakeholders, from key users to analysts, from team leaders to testers, around a single comprehensive platform that avoids tool fragmentation and ensures that information is consistent throughout all points of views.

Most teams nowadays use at least three different systems to manage projects:

- A shared document platform like Google Drive. First issue: it captures content but not progress.
- A progress tracking system. Second issue: informal systems like Trello do not capture content and specs, complex ones like Jira leave non-developers out of the loop, they’re too complex.
- A shared calendar tool, which by the way, also contains thousands of other shared, unrelated items such as company events, birthdays, you name it.
- E-mails to talk to key users and business stakeholders.

In exchange for this mess, you still end up not having fundamental progress metrics because the above tools will not give you dashboards, forecasting metrics and readability at the end-user level. What you get is a pletora of different systems and users accounts. Ah, and credit card bills.

Successful projects and teams go centric. They pick a single tool that does tracking, plannig and reporting in a single, optimized environment with less clutter and less distractions.

Here’s a quick list of the features making Herogami the leader of comprehensive Agile platforms available today.

- Requirements and stories tracking, with multiple views (four more than Trello, three more than Jira!).
- Issues and defect tracking, on kanban boards, lists or tables, with custom sorting.
- To-do’s and reminders, also on hierarchical levels.
- Pervasive backlog for all entities and clear metrics on backlog debt.
- Shared project calendar, optionally highlightning milestones, stories, issues and more.
- Integrated document manager with previews.
- Wiki for every project, for specs, meetings, and knowledge base.
- Fully configurable workflow for stories and issues.
- No-nonsense graphs, eventuallt a dashboard that makes sense.
- Up-to-date project timeline to follow activities.

In Herogami projects happen like magic and, well, they simply cost you and your team less stress and money.

Michele Florian, Senior Developer

08 Mar 2016