Borland Receives InfoWorld 100 Award
Borland's Agile Transformation Named one of 2008's Top IT Projects by InfoWorld Magazine
"It is an honor to be recognized for our transformation, but what I'm really excited about is what we will be able to give back to the industry through our experience," said Pete Morowski, Borland's senior vice president of research and development. "We believe that Agile can change the track record of enterprise software delivery - we've seen this first-hand - and our mission is to share our experiences and leverage what we've learned in order to help other large organizations transform their software development."
Two years ago, Borland's executive team made the decision to transition its globally distributed development organization to Agile as part of an effort to reduce development costs, boost efficiency and quality, and introduce more operational oversight. Today, more than 60 percent of Borland's development teams are Agile. Through this transformation, Borland has increased the productivity and morale of its teams, forged deeper relationships with its most valuable customers, and has become a more adaptive, responsive and predictable delivery organization.
Like most organizations considering a large-scale Agile shift, Borland faced a major process renovation while still needing to execute on an aggressive product roadmap. As Borland began to scale its Agile efforts across an organization with more than 350 developers in five geographic locations, teams needed a better way to collaborate, share information and mange their work. At the same time, management needed visibility in order to establish a baseline for performance and be able to measure the progress and benefits of the transition to Agile.
Borland answered this need by developing and implementing a set of products that support enterprises in managing, executing and measuring the transition to more effective software delivery processes - including Agile. The result was Borland® Management Solutions (BMS): three products and a set of service packages that help software delivery organizations align development efforts with business priorities, improve overall organizational performance and gain confidence in their ability to consistently deliver quality results.
By implementing BMS internally to support its transition to Agile, Borland has:
- Increased its number of yearly product releases 100 percent;
- Increased VP and director productivity 30 percent by eliminating six days a month previously spent reporting;
- Increased customer satisfaction by including minor features in maintenance releases;
- Increased product quality: on certain products reducing issues open from release to release by 50 percent.
Borland's award-winning Agile shift is detailed by Morowski in "An Executive Perspective on Enterprise Transformation." The podcast is available for free download from Borland's Agile Transformation Forum, an online resource for companies in any stage of the Agile transformation journey. The site provides perspectives, "In the Trenches" blog discussions and videos, which highlight peer-to-peer conversations about Agile from executives, project managers, testers, developers and industry experts across many organizations, industries and geographies. For more information, please visit: http://www.borland.com/...
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