01 April, 2009 / TargetProcess Announced v.2.14 Release With Full Waterfall Support

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We are extremely happy to announce the full Waterfall support in TargetProcess. No wonder it has the reputation of being the most flexible agile project management software on the market! New v.2.14 (special edition) will include features like:

Gantt Charts On All Levels

You will at least see nice and accurate Gantt charts in project, release and even iteration scope. Now you may define and manage Critical Path painlessly. Do you know your real iteration end date? With Critical Path you can predict it with 105% probability with minimal effort.

Extensive Dependencies Management

Dependencies management on tasks level is a really complex thing for any project. Now with TargetProcess you may pretty easy define all dependent tasks. Why stop there? TargetProcess is smart enough to generate potentially dependent tasks for you.

Add task in waterfall process

Waterfall Life-cycle Process Support

As you already know, TargetProcess has unique concept of Process. You may tune it to support your development process. Now it is possible with Waterfall as well! You may define all important project phases like Requirements, Design, Implementation, Verification, Maintenance.

Also you may enable such valuable practices as Big Design Up Front, Requirements Freeze and Fixed Budget. User interface adopted for the current project phase. For example, during Implementation phase you can't add defects and run test cases. During Requirements phase you can't commit code into repository. This forces development team to strictly follow Waterfall process which is definitely the very right road to the project success.

Micro-management Support

Micro-management is a very important thing in software development projects. You just can't spent time procrastinating or learning new technologies. Developers should focus on code only, every minute is important! Software development is hard and complex adaptive system in its core; you should do your best to complete project on time and under budget.

Now with TargetProcess you may estimate tasks down to minutes! That powers another extremely valuable metric – individual velocity. You can control everything and that is just great!

TargetProcess development teams hopes you'll enjoy new innovative functionality that we are providing with this special Waterfall-edition release. Please leave your comments!

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25 Comments:

At April 01, 2009 1:50 PM, Anonymous Eugene said...

Yes!!! At last!!! I have being waiting for these futures!!!

 
At April 01, 2009 2:04 PM, Anonymous Nicol Spies said...

Once bitten twice shy, Michael this April Fools Joke can be spotted a mile away, agile management for non-agile methodoloogies, this is an unsolvable paradox :)

 
At April 01, 2009 2:32 PM, Blogger Olga Kouzina said...

This is a real hit! Wow! Top 1st April post! :)

 
At April 01, 2009 3:23 PM, Blogger Nicolas said...

Careful, don't sound too convincing or someone might go "waterfall" on your product for real :)

 
At April 01, 2009 5:52 PM, OpenID sbohlen said...

This is great! Finally TP gets the features it was always missing to enable it to go head-to-head with the likes of IBM/Rational's RUP offerings! Now that even TP can generate reports predicting completion-date with 105% accuracy, I don't even HAVE to worry about course-correcting in mid-project since the automated BDUF template for TP can ensure that I simply *can't* go off-track!

 
At April 01, 2009 5:54 PM, OpenID sbohlen said...

...and I suppose it goes without saying that this new feature will make pitching TargetProcess to management that much easier now that it supports their familiar (and 100% completely broken) process!

 
At April 01, 2009 6:00 PM, Blogger travisrogers said...

Nice! Just what I needed.

 
At April 01, 2009 6:00 PM, Blogger Michael Dubakov said...

Good points, Stephen! Project management is SO much easier with this new release. We are trying it in-house and I'm falling in love with Waterfall. I am pretty sure that we will release next version May 8 at 1:28 PM (exact second is unknown though, network latency is hard to predict you know...)

 
At April 01, 2009 6:01 PM, Blogger kennyJoseph said...

.. now that I wiped the coffee that you made me spill.. LOL!

 
At April 01, 2009 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to see some of you folks at the other end have a good sence of humor :-)

Filip

 
At April 01, 2009 6:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The joke is on you guys: dependency support would be a big plus.

 
At April 01, 2009 6:40 PM, Blogger Michael Dubakov said...

The side effect of this post is to gather feedback about dependencies ;) We are listening.

 
At April 01, 2009 10:52 PM, Blogger V. Lee Henson CST said...

Wow.. This seems to be a growing trend today!

http://agiledad.blogspot.com
http://leadingagile.com
http://www.agilechronicles.com

Looks like Agile is taking a backseat to the WaterFall!

V. Lee Henson

 
At April 02, 2009 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Risky move folks, for teams like ours, which have web and backend integration projects a single tool that could handle both approaches would be a big plus for this tool. I sent feedback to TP following our review back in December, but never heard back. We've since gone with TeamworkPM.

 
At April 02, 2009 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very irritating joke. A lot of people were asking for this functionality.
Not necessarily to mix with agile approach at release/iteration level.
But rather at a program / project management level.
What if I have a SINGLE team with a roadmap of several releases of more THAN ONE project going sequentially?
How should I do plan them now? I'll tell you how - I have to manually set all dates for all releases/iterations.
What if delivery of the current one is delayed? I have to MANUALLY change ALL dates for ALL dependent objects.
If I had a gantt-style interface this would be MUCH MUCH MUCH easier!
Am I missing something...?

 
At April 02, 2009 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ideas for next year 1-apr jokes:
- TP has released a new full blown AJAX based interface with 2x usability increase that saves users' nerves and dramatically drops team medical treatment budget!
- TP has released a new so-long-being-expected version that lauches user's session more than in 30 seconds and works really fast as most intranet based apps do!

 
At April 02, 2009 12:21 PM, Blogger atriplex said...

Cool.
Finally I can see evident progress in collaboration tools.

I would like to have in next version following features:
- Remote Micro-management Support
- Project Management Antipattern Support

 
At April 02, 2009 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't find this joke even remotely amusing. As if to suggest that pure agile methodologies are the holy grail of successful project management / product management. Agile die hards may get a kick out of this, but I prefer having a system with Gantt capabilities even If I adopt a few agile practices here and there...

People need to get off the anti waterfall bandwagon and appreciate that both methodologies have there good and bad points. I personally prefer to take good features from both and don't adhere strictly to any methdology as the be all and end all. Its a real shame TP has little in the way of a gantt report, maybe if it had this feature I would seriously consider using the product for my team

 
At April 02, 2009 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a joke, only a joke.

Please don't take that seriously.

 
At April 03, 2009 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>It's a joke, only a joke.
That the problem. It shouldn't be a joke. It should be a done thing.

 
At April 03, 2009 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no silver bullet and each has their strengths and weaknesses. Our TargetProcess licenses is about to expire and I'm getting resistance to renew because of the lack of some basic gantt charts and task dependencies. I fell for the joke just long enough to mention to the VP of Dev that we can drop MS Project and fully adopt TP now. He was all for it... and now I have to tell him that it was just a joke and I can kiss the license renewall goodbye.

 
At April 03, 2009 11:29 PM, Blogger Michael Dubakov said...

Yes, there is no silver bullet. That is why we are not striving for whole PM tools market. We are NOT going to fulfill all requests if they are not aligned with our vision. I believe you will find good tool that will suit your needs, but most likely that is not TargetProcess. If you REALLY need tasks dependencies and Gantt charts, take a look to Primavera, MS Project, etc. There are many, many good tools that do provide this functionality. TargetProcess doesn't.

 
At April 03, 2009 11:41 PM, Blogger Michael Dubakov said...

BTW, I am sorry that you felt for the joke with such results... Really.

In fact there are two camps. One camp got the joke right (as we expected), another camp was upset.
To me it looks like more and more companies adopting agile, but many of them are in phase where detailed Gantt charts and strict dependencies are still required.

If you want to hear my opinion, I do think that Gantt chart MAY be useful to see top level picture, for example, Program - Projects- Releases. But they are useless to see details like Stories and Tasks.

The same is true for dependencies. There are cases when dependencies may be set between stories (especially if there are different teams working on these stories), but I don't see the need to set dependencies between tasks.

So in short we are going to provide high level Gantt chart in future releases of TargetProcess (we have it on the roadmap). And we are going to provide a mechanism that will allow to set dependencies between stories (via custom fields most likely). But we NEVER add start/end date for task entity, and we NEVER add tasks dependencies and detailed (I mean task level) Gantt charts. Sorry.

 
At April 25, 2009 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Michael, Agile is not a religion, I am also about to give up with TP because there is not Gantt chart, and "provide high level Gantt chart in future releases of TargetProcess (we have it on the roadmap)" is not really convincing.

 
At April 27, 2009 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed your so-called joke caused a lot of trouble to me because I found TargetProcess while googling "agile gantt", I wasn't enough familiar with your product to understand at the first sight (stupid me) that it was a joke and therefore wasted a lot of time assessing it, I understand now from your last assertion that it was a waste of time. Believe it or not, in the real world, including the Agile world, Gannt views (or whatever name you want to give them) are usefull.

 

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