Integration and Tooling

Create Visibility and Flow with an Optimized and Integrated Agile Toolchain


Enabling Your Organization

As Agilists, we know the Agile Manifesto famously says, “We have come to value Individuals and Interactions over process and tools.” But we also know that people need to have the right tools to do their jobs and that in today’s remote and distributed world having the right tools is an absolute necessity. Additionally, we know that automating our processes is one of the ways to eliminate waste and go fast. The key is selecting the best tool that aligns with how your people work together and enables flow, transparency, and actionable metrics.

Agile transformation and adoption initiatives are often accompanied by implementation using Agile Life-cycle Management (ALM) tools. SAFe and Agile at Scale implementations in large organizations often face the challenge of consolidating or integrating many existing ALM integrations, as well as implementing Value Stream Management (VSM) or Lean Portfolio Management solutions across the enterprise. And DevOps transformations require automation and integration across a host of requirements, development, testing, deployment, and monitoring tools.

Our experienced team has been helping large enterprises evaluate and choose the right tooling and integration solutions for more than 10 years. We have worked with all of the major ALM and VSM solutions, and are authorized service providers and resellers for many of them. We only work with the best solutions in each category, and we accelerate your tooling selection and implementation through our expertise and experience. The Agile Rising team will help your organization maximize your investment in tooling, help ensure you get the right solution for your approach, and create and execute a rollout and training strategy.

Our tooling expertise runs the breadth of the Agile, Product Management, Software Development, and DevOps spectrum, including:

  • Integration, traceability, and flow solutions
  • ALM, VSM, and work-flow tooling
  • Lean Portfolio Management and TBM solutions
  • Metrics and reporting
  • Team and organizational health and maturity
  • Workshop facilitation and team collaboration

Integration and Metrics

For many organizations, the initial challenge is how to get the most from the tooling solutions you already have and how new ALM or VSM solutions being added to the ecosystem will integrate with those existing tools. The foundation for a system that provides visibility, metrics, and flow through the end-to-end process is integration. Our integration experts can help you select, configure, and integrate the right tools to meet your goals.

Tasktop Hub is a purpose-built integration solution for the software delivery toolchain, designed for large-scale organizations of hundreds and thousands of IT staff, where work can span multiple tools, disciplines, locations, suppliers and partners. We use Tasktop Hub for near real-time, bi-directional synchronization of data across tools, as well as event-driven artifact creation or updates directly from your CI/CD pipeline.

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Agile Rising is a Tasktop Authorized Reseller and Service Partner

As a Tasktop Authorized Reseller, Agile Rising provides the industry-leading solution for integrations, providing out-of-the-box integrations for more than 300 tool versions.

Agile Rising is also a Tasktop Flow Framework® implementation partner and we incorporate Tasktop Hub and Viz as part of our overall Value Stream Management Solution.

ALM Tooling Selection and Configuration

Agile Rising has been helping organizations evaluate and select Agile Life-Cycle Management tooling since 2009, and we have been on the forefront of helping companies expand to SAFe, Agile at scale, and DevOps implementation with the new generations of Value Stream Management Solutions. We have experts with deep experience in each of today’s major tooling solutions, so we can give you expert advice on what to pick, run product evaluations and comparisons, or work with your team to optimize the configuration of the tools you already have.

Our deep expertise includes:

  • Jira — Administration, integrating multiple instances, custom extensions and ad-ons
  • Microsoft Azure DevOps/TFS — Former Microsoft employees on staff with experience developing and administrating Azure DevOps and TFS since 2010
  • Rally — Implementation and services partner since 2010
  • VersionOne/Digital.ai — Implementation and services partner
  • Planview/LeanKit — Referral partner

Portfolio Management Solutions

Scaling to the Lean Portfolio Management level and implementing SAFe and other scaling frameworks requires the right tools to provide management visability, financial tracking, and roll-up reporting from team-level tools. The first key is designing a Lean Portfolio Management process that is appropriate for your organization, which our experienced consultants can help you do. But you also need the right tooling solution. Some ALMs will provide portfolio management capability, but for many organizations, a dedicated LPM solution is called for.

Our Portfolio Management Solution experience includes:

  • Planview
  • TargetProcess
  • Jira Align
  • Microsoft One Plan
  • Rally/Clarity

Team and Organizational Health

Assessing business agility and the effectiveness of Agile teams and large programs is not a trivial feat. Leaders and team members are often looking for actionable feedback and input into developing continuous improvement plans. The most effective way to get this high-quality data is through a regular cadence of facilitated assessments, specifically focused on each team in the organization.

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Comparative Agility

Agile Rising’s certified facilitators are experts with a variety of assessment tools including AgilityHealth Radars, Comparative Agility, SAFe Assessments, and creating custom assessments tailored for your organization. Our facilitators will develop an assessment and growth strategy for your organization and facilitate in-depth retrospective and assessment sessions with your team members.

Facilitation and Collaboration

Agile Rising’s coaches and facilitators are experts in leading workshops, facilitating large group planning sessions, and delivering remote training solutions, and we provide an interactive digital classroom experience. Conducting these events in a remote, distributed manner requires not just the right facilitation skills, but also the right collaboration tools.

We can help your organization adopt tools that work for you—from video and conferencing tools like MS Teams, to white-boarding tools like Mural and Miro, to the Agile Rising Digital Classroom—to maximize the learning experience.

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Brainstorming solutions in Mural.
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Interactive exercises in the Agile Rising Digital Classroom

Are you ready to talk about which tools and approach are right for optimizing your organization?

Contact us today to speak with one of our experts about the solutions for your organization.