Siemens Healthcare Manages Scrum and Hybrid Development Methods With ThoughtWorks Studios' Mingle

Mingle provides flexible platform to track complex software development projects

Mar 10, 2011, 13:31 ET from ThoughtWorks Studios

SAN FRANCISCO, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ThoughtWorks Studios (www.thoughtworks-studios.com), a global leader in enterprise Agile development products and services, today announced that Siemens Healthcare has successfully deployed its Mingle project management solution to adopt and implement Scrum methods across the enterprise. Siemens Healthcare selected Mingle because of its adaptive approach to manage both structured methods like Scrum and internally designed hybrid development practices. Mingle is the Agile project management platform of ThoughtWorks Studios' Agile ALM suite that includes Twist® (Agile test automation) and Go™ (Agile release management).

"We decided on Mingle due to its usability, flexibility and features such as the virtual Story Wall, drag-n-drop functionality and reporting capabilities. Mingle's ability to flexibly adapt to our existing processes as well as support future adaptations, made it a clear choice over other similar tools," says Sigbjoern Skjervold, development manager at Siemens. "Mingle is our teams' working tool to track the projects progress and know where we are, what was left out and what was part of the delivery to our customers. So we are confident of what we ship."

Siemens, which ranks #37 on the Fortune Global 500 list, has a 163 year history in taking entrepreneurial risks to pioneer innovative concepts and visionary ideas. The Siemens Healthcare division develops the DocuLive Electronic Patient Record (EPR), an electronic health record system accessible to hospitals and medical care givers that is Norway's leading EPR software. Siemens was able to easily tailor Mingle to its teams' processes, adopt the Scrum methodology and implement multiple workflows for sub-projects. The entire team, from management and testers to developers, support and operations, use Mingle for all aspects of the delivery lifecycle, including requirements gathering, analysis, planning, tracking, reporting, project management, defect management and support management.

Mingle's flexibility has enabled Siemens Healthcare to not only use it for Scrum-based projects, but projects using other methodologies too. "We have used Mingle extensively for Waterfall projects too and have found that it retains its usability as an effective project management, tracking and collaboration solution," emphasizes Sigbjoern. Future plans for Mingle include syncing the multiple sub-projects to a program, optimizing the overview page and integrating Mingle more closely with other products.

About ThoughtWorks Studios

ThoughtWorks Studios is a global leader in Agile ALM products and training. A division of ThoughtWorks, Inc.®, the pioneer in Agile development and best-practices, it offers the tools, coaching and experience to help companies realize the full potential of Agile development in the enterprise. Its products, Mingle (project management), Twist (automated testing) and Go (Agile release management), help organizations manage all aspects of the software development lifecycle – from requirements definition and portfolio management to test automation, quality assurance and release management. The company's Agile Workshops provide in-depth training that covers all facets of Agile ALM best practices. Customers include 3M, Barclays, BBC, eBay, Honeywell, McGraw-Hill, Rackspace and Vodafone. ThoughtWorks Studios is headquartered in San Francisco and Bangalore, with offices in London and select cities in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, please visit www.thoughtworks-studios.com

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