Consultancy firm ThoughtWorks has released a new set of tools to help Agile development teams.
Mingle, the new software application, aims to help software developers, quality assurance teams and project managers to be able to in one place collaborate, document progress, track bugs, capture requirements and link code.
The software has been a work in progress since the beginning of the year, and ThoughtWorks, which has a London office, claimed it was one of the only Agile project management products that was not aimed exclusively at technical project managers. Instead, it offered “collaboration across entire cross-departmental teams”, the vendor said.
The company plans to offer support, training and consultancy services too. The product is currently available for a free 30-day trial, and then remains free for teams of under five developers.
Agile development aims to develop software in short release cycles that may be just two weeks long. The methodology accommodates changing requirements that can otherwise render software obsolete upon release. IBM and Oracle, among other vendors, have both recently made a strong push into the Agile arena.