Mingle 3.3 Interview

What’s New in Mingle 3.3?

Jessica Thornsby
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“We allow teams to fully define their own processes be they Scrum, XP, DSDM, Lean, Waterfall or some hybrid and then we allow them to regularly reflect on their processes, improve and change.”

ThoughtWorks’ Mingle Agile Project Management Tool recently
reached
version 3.3
, and now integrates with ThoughtWorks Studios’ ‘Go’
tool. In this interview, JAXenter speaks to Suzie Prince, who is
responsible for defining the future vision and roadmap for Mingle,
on what’s new in the 3.3 release, and what we can expect from the
future of this project…..

JAXenter: How has the user management improved
in Mingle 3.3?

Suzie Prince: First of all we have an exciting
new feature called User Groups. This feature allows administrators
to create and manage project user groups, use these groups to
manage workflow permissions within a project and share groups in
project templates. We hope that this feature will further improve
workflow creation whilst still allowing users to manage their team
members in a way that makes sense to them.

In keeping with our theme to improve user management across the
product we have also given administrators the ability to add users
to one or more projects at once and assign a user’s project
permissions when adding them to a project to allow for more
efficient project membership management. The ability to see user
last login information and the ability to filter out deactivated
users has also been added aiding user management at the Mingle
instance level.

JAXenter: What does the new integration with
Agile release management solution ‘Go,’ add to the Mingle
experience?

Suzie Prince: Mingle is just one part of our
Agile ALM solution and Mingle 3.3 is strengthened by the
integrations with our release management product, Go. The pipeline
status gadget provides improved visibility into the health of
software builds directly within Mingle. This means that teams as
well as project stakeholders can quickly see a consolidated view of
project health including burn-ups, burn-downs, defect counts and
build status from a single location.

JAXenter: Mingle claims to be able to manage
any Agile method. How is this
flexibility achieved?

Suzie Prince: We believe in true agility and
process evolution and Mingle is firmly built on this belief. We
allow teams to fully define their own processes be they Scrum, XP,
DSDM, Lean, Waterfall or some hybrid and then we allow them to
regularly reflect on their processes, improve and change. All our
structures, fields, attributes, workflows, user groups and projects
are fully customizable to allow teams to work the way they want.
I’m not just talking about a few fields that a user can configure
but complete flexibility to define the way you work.

Having said that to help customers who are new to Agile we offer
a number of templates (Scrum, XP, Agile Hybrid, Story Tracker)
available right in the project to act as a baseline for beginners
to build on and change as they learn about what their own needs
are.

JAXenter: What’s next for the Mingle Agile
Project Management tool?

Suzie Prince: We are looking to further expand
on our project and team beginnings to help organizations adopt
Agile across their organizations and Enterprises. This includes
more integrations with the rest of our product suite as well as
extending support beyond the project to program management. At the
same time we will continue to hold true to our roots meaning
flexibility, visibility and collaboration will continue to be as
important as ever.

Ultimately we want to help customers build and release valuable
software. To us that means providing them with usable, best of
breed tools that support the way our customers work and remove the
shackles of prescriptive and heavy weight processes, leaving people
free to build their own best of breed software.

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