WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- AGILE 2007 CONFERENCE -- Rally Software Development Corp.(R), a leading provider of Agile software life cycle management solutions, today unveiled Agile University(TM) and Agile Commons(TM), two new online resources that provide software development professionals with access to global Agile training, knowledge and a new web community to learn and share experiences with peers. In addition, Rally announced the availability of Rally Community Edition(TM), a free product that, combined with the new online resources, helps software and corporate development teams successfully adopt and scale Agile practices.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ — AGILE 2007 CONFERENCE — Rally Software Development Corp.(R), a leading provider of Agile software life cycle management solutions, today unveiled Agile University(TM) and Agile Commons(TM), two new online resources that provide software development professionals with access to global Agile training, knowledge and a new web community to learn and share experiences with peers. In addition, Rally announced the availability of Rally Community Edition(TM), a free product that, combined with the new online resources, helps software and corporate development teams successfully adopt and scale Agile practices.
"Rally delivers a whole solution that provides our customers with a proven path to successfully scale Agile," said Tim Miller, Rally's CEO. "We've combined our award-winning Agile tools with training resources and the formation of an online community where practitioners can learn from one another through open collaboration and communication."
Rally's new product and service offerings include:
Agile University is an online portal that provides a single source for information and registration of public Agile training courses taught by the industry's leading coaches. Agile University also offers a unique solution for independent Agile trainers by providing logistics, registration and promotional services for their courses. The complete Agile University course schedule and registration information is available at http://www.agileuniversity.org.
"With Agile University's trainer services, I can focus on teaching instead of worrying about logistics, registration and materials," said Jim Highsmith, author of Agile Project Management, Adaptive Software Development and Agile Software Development Ecosystems. "Agile University offers a true turn-key solution for anyone looking to expand their course delivery capacity and visibility."
Agile Commons is a Web 2.0 community that encourages Agile community members to interact, exchange knowledge and ultimately improve the results of their Agile practices. During its limited beta program of less than two months, Agile Commons participants created more than 100 topical areas of discussion and contributed more than 1,000 posts and comments.
"Web 2.0's interfaces and its emphasis on participation provide powerful drivers for users to help themselves and each other," said Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions. "By facilitating open and authentic communication among vendors, their customers and their ecosystem, Agile Commons is forming the collaboration 'glue' between people, process and technology."
"With Agile Commons, Rally has opened itself up to an ongoing dialogue to help its customers be successful. I've been able to get answers to technical questions, participate in a dialogue about upcoming features, and ultimately place votes to impact prioritization of those features. This is paramount to our business as our needs rapidly evolve," said Chris Anderson, manager of software processes at Lulu.com, the web's premier independent publishing marketplace.
Agile University trainers, course participants and Rally Community Edition users will receive a free, year-long subscription to Agile Commons. Other Agile practitioners can learn more at http://www.agilecommons.org.
Rally Community Edition:
Rally Community Edition is a free 10-seat subscription to Rally's award-winning Agile life cycle management tools. It is an ideal alternative to open source tools because it enables teams to pilot Agile in a no-cost, low burden Software-as-a-Service environment and easily scale up to more advanced features as needed through paid subscriptions to Rally Program and Rally Enterprise. Registration for Rally Community Edition is available at http://www.rallydev.com.
From an initial pilot project to enterprise rollout, Rally helps companies successfully adopt and scale Agile software development practices. Rally's family of Agile life cycle management products, which received the software industry's top honor of back-to-back Jolt Product Excellence awards in 2006 and 2007, map an incremental road to Agile adoption. The company's Agile University and world-renowned coaching services help mentor teams to create internal Agile experts, and its Web 2.0 community Agile Commons encourages knowledge sharing among Agile practitioners. Over 50 percent of the world's leading software-driven companies currently use Rally, and Rally's tools have supported its customers in more than 6,500 Agile releases. For more information, visit http://www.rallydev.com.
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