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Agile Product Watch 7/22: Continuous Delivery, Refactoring and Microsoft Goes Scrum

Here's a look at some of the newest Agile-related products hitting the market:

  • ThoughtWorks Studios this week announced an Agile release management platform called Go, designed "to incrementally automate the entire build, test and deployment process." Go is a upgrade from the company's continuous integration tool called Cruise and joins project management and testing products to form a software suite called ThoughtWorks Studios Adaptive ALM, designed to manage the entire Agile development process. Go, which also comes in a free community edition, is "a single system of record for managing and tracing each application's lifecycle from check-in to release, thus providing visibility into the production readiness of the entire software portfolio," the company said.

  • Codice Software has released Plastic SCM 3.0, its latest software change and configuration management tool. It features the new XMerge/XDiff 2.0 integrated toolset, which the company said was "the first on the market to help software developers effectively manage the traditionally error-prone and time-consuming task of code refactoring." Also new,  Codice said, is its integrated code review functionality, Explorer file management and data importers designed to help move from legacy SCM systems. It's available as a 30-day trial, limited to five users.

  • Microsoft this week announced Visual Studio Scrum 1.0, a process template "built from the ground up specifically for Scrum teams." The company said it's offering the template -- even though it has promoted MSF Agile 5.0 for Agile development -- because "we have many customers that want a very prescriptive Scrum template that matches strictly to the Scrum literature." Changes from the beta, which was called Team Foundation Server Scrum, include four new reports and process guidance, among others. Read Kathleen Richards' RDN Express blog for more details.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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