Tasktop Releases Tasktop Dev 2.1 with Enhanced Agile Planning and HP ALM Support

Enhancements include support for cross-repository Kanban and story board planning for the Eclipse IDE, and access to HP ALM and Quality Center from Linux and Mac desktops

Aug 09, 2011, 09:03 ET from Tasktop Technologies

VANCOUVER, British Columbia and SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tasktop Technologies (www.tasktop.com), creators of the Eclipse Mylyn open source tools and a leader in Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) developer tools and interoperability, today announced Tasktop Dev 2.1 (http://tasktop.com/blog/eclipse/tasktop-dev-2-1-released), the latest version of its award-winning developer tools. Tasktop Dev 2.1 builds on the recently released Eclipse Mylyn 3.6 release with several newly available and updated connectors, new developer-centric, cross-repository Kanban and story board planning, and the ability to access HP ALM and HP Quality Center from Linux and Mac desktops.

Tasktop now offers both desktop and server-side solutions for enterprise Agile ALM adoption. The Tasktop Dev products (previously Tasktop Enterprise and Pro, and Tasktop Agile Planner) provide developers with productivity and integration tools to boost efficiency and promote innovation. The recently launched Tasktop Sync (http://tasktop.com/blog/eclipse/tasktop-sync-1-0-released) provides unprecedented server-side synchronization between leading ALM solutions; including IBM Rational Team Concert, HP ALM or HP Quality Center, and more than a dozen commercial and open-source Agile project management products.

"In order for Agile to succeed at scale the developer must become a first-class citizen of the Agile process and tool stack," said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop and creator of the open source Eclipse Mylyn project. "With Tasktop Dev, we have focused purely on the needs of the developer as a stakeholder in the Agile process. New features such as our cross repository, developer-centric Kanban-planning UI within the Eclipse IDE makes it easy for developers to access and keep their Agile plans up-to-date without needing to switch into a manager-centric web UI. Improvements to connectors, in particular access to HP ALM and HP Quality Center test cases and workflows, as well as support for Mac and Linux indicate our ongoing work with partners to make the developer's IDE a portal to all artifacts relevant to development in the application lifecycle."

Tasktop Dev continues to lead the market for bringing Agile and ALM to the developer's desktop. Tasktop Dev 2.1 builds on and includes the latest Eclipse Mylyn 3.6 release, led by Tasktop, as well as updates to the connectors that bridge between Mylyn and the most popular Agile and ALM tools. New features of Tasktop Dev include:

  • First ever support for HP ALM and HP Quality Center (QC) from Linux and Mac desktops.
  • Developer-centric Kanban and story board support in the Tasktop Planner for the Eclipse IDE, with integrations for HP Agile Accelerator and Rally.
  • Support for HP ALM and QC workflow execution within the IDE.
  • Support for HP ALM and QC tests and complex fields.
  • Tasktop Dev for Visual Studio improvements for the Task Editor, including cross-repository associations.
  • Mylyn 3.6 (Eclipse Indigo) support, including:
    • Community-driven enhancements to the Bugzilla and Trac connectors.
    • Git integration improvements and support for Gerrit code reviews.
    • Comprehensive support for accessing and working with both Hudson and Jenkins builds within the IDE.
    • Task editor usability improvements, including new social features and the ability to display Gravatar images.
    • Automatic population of task contexts from stack traces present in defects.

Tasktop created its task management tools to help developers be more productive by making it effortless for them to organize their work around tasks. Serving as an ALM interoperability suite, Tasktop has become the standard for integrating disparate development tools and platforms that are the reality for today's enterprise software development organizations. By providing traceability and knowledge sharing between tools and platforms that are often provided by separate companies, Tasktop helps reduce the complexity and challenges of successfully scaling Agile programs beyond small teams. Organizations using Tasktop are able to integrate and gain added value from heterogeneous systems, improve the happiness and productivity of development teams, and integrate and manage emerging technology platforms, such as cloud computing and mobile applications, into existing development practices.

Pricing and Availability

Tasktop Dev 2.1 is available now and comes in two editions, Pro edition and Enterprise edition. Tasktop Dev Pro is available for $99 per user per year and Tasktop DevEnterprise is available for $199 per user per year. Tasktop Dev includes plugins for Eclipse, Visual Studio and a standalone desktop client. For a limited time introductory offer, Tasktop Dev Enterprise is bundled with the new Tasktop Sync product. For more information and to download the product please visit http://www.tasktop.com.

About Tasktop Technologies

Tasktop Technologies, the company behind the Eclipse Mylyn ALM integration and task-focused interface framework, provides desktop and enterprise-grade solutions that improve productivity, collaboration and Agile ALM success. Its Tasktop Dev products provide task-focused support for Agile planning, tool integration, web browsing, time tracking, documents, email and calendars. Its Tasktop Sync provides real-time ALM server synchronization to unify and connect heterogeneous technologies with development and IT operations teams that are scaling Agile methods in the enterprise. Tasktop also provides consulting, connector development services and training to IT organizations that are adopting the task-focused paradigm and Agile ALM. For more information please visit www.tasktop.com.

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