Comprehensive software reviews to make better IT decisions
Planview Sees Auto-Timesheet Helping With Software Project Capitalization
Planview’s automatic timesheet feature should be interesting for anyone who’s ever tried to make decisions based on timesheet data. The vendor is marketing this feature as something that enables capitalization of Agile investments and promotes the scale out of Agile itself. But the real question is: how does the software automatically produce timesheet data?
To find out, we had to download the vendor’s eBook, The Challenges of Agile Software Development Costing and Capitalization. Although the publication stops far short of demonstrating the functionality, we can assume that the timesheets will be based on user behavior within Planview itself. If you were a gold miner, we could debate whether Planview’s automatic timesheet data is more like indicated or inferred ounces. Indeed, if I had to audit a financial statement that was generated by assumptions rather than underlying data, I would have questions about ore grades!
Most unsettling for the Agile purist is our abandonment of fixed project team costs based on stable and persistent teams. We are supposed to be able to lock the door, leave the team alone, and assume that every sprint costs the same amount… say $15,000 or something like that. In today’s reality, we must accept that people can be pulled away from the project without warning. Time records must be provided by the worker or artfully assumed by some sort of smart agent.
Source: Planview Enterprise at SoftwareReviews, Accessed December 2019
Automatic timesheets have been done before. They are great for frontline support when we can throw a clock on the ticket user interface. They require lots of validating and editing when they are supposed to reflect software development work. If the user clicks to sign off on their timesheets, that’s a lot like weighing your ounces of gold after refinement. If the data comes from user activity within Planview, that’s a lot like using a core sample to determine how much gold is in the next mountain over. It’s interesting, but don’t try to take it to the bank.
Want to Know More?
On May 24-25, Informatica held its annual conference in Las Vegas – the first time “in-person” since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Custom application development is a strategic differentiator in the digital economy. Organizations need to make good decisions on how to insource or outsource that development or they risk bad software … and worse results.
This note highlights the top three trends to watch for in the 2022 UCaaS marketspace: AR/VR digital workspaces will see sustained investment; UCaaS and customer experience management technologies will continue to blend; and speech functionality will become more sophisticated through AI-driven technology.
Enterprise Connect is North America’s premier conference for advances in communications, collaboration, and customer experience technologies. In this note, Thomas Randall provides his trends and keynote highlights for Enterprise Connect 2021, held September 27 to 29.
On October 6, 2021, Front briefed Info-Tech on their latest product functionality and roadmap, alongside their growth in the EMEA region. Front – a unified customer experience platform provider – offers a centralized communications hub that enables the fluid interchange of information for both internal and external communications.
On October 8, 2021, BlueJeans by Verizon announced their “Next-Generation BlueJeans” suite and partnership with Google Glass. The Next-Generation suite ties BlueJeans Meetings to two new products: BlueJeans Spaces and BlueJeans Collab Board.
Vijay Sundaram, Chief Strategy Officer at Zoho, describes a major release of new apps and services focused on enabling hybrid work.
Automation is not a silver bullet solution to your workforce productivity challenges. Optimization and automation (optimation) must be used together to remove root cause inefficiencies and best use the features and capabilities of your automation solutions.
At its fifth annual Zoomtopia conference, Zoom announced a wide range of innovations and upcoming products, including feature improvements for Zoom’s core videoconferencing platform; expansions for Zoom Phone and Zoom Events; and the introduction of Zoom’s Video Engagement Center.