Ottawa, Canada, August 02, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- After a year’s worth of product and market testing Devshop v1, with feedback from the Devshop user community, Devshop v2 provides an improved user experience, consistent with “the latest design trends in web interactivity, plus our own unique spin on things,” according to Devshop CEO, Craig Fitzpatrick. “We wanted to create something aesthetically pleasing but highly practical with v2... while keeping with the risk management theme that makes Devshop unique.”
Devshop Inc. was founded on the notion that software projects have distinct challenges and risks that other kinds of projects don't have. Devshop v2 was created to meet these challenges, offering specialized tools and techniques to actively help manage risk, monitor distractions, and improve schedule confidence, all within an attractive web environment.
Here's what Devshop v2 has to offer software development teams:
Really easy scheduling: Users can create a project, add some tasks and assign them to team members, while Devshop v2 makes sure individual members are not double-booked. The software also manages tricky dependencies lining up items in the correct order of priority where required.
The right metrics to help manage risk: v2 lets users know how solid their current schedule is, in easily quantifiable terms; the extent to which time estimates are off for the team; and what impact distractions are having on the project? Providing these key risk metrics (with improved accuracy over time as the system learns from historical data) helps in the management of software projects by quantifying risk in measurable terms that can be tracked and improved upon.
Multiple ways to look at a project: In addition to the standard Gantt view, Devshop v2 offers specialized views optimized for particular purposes. For example, team members can view their schedule in various levels of detail by organizing projects into task groups and phases, or by selecting the "People" view that shows what's on everyone's plate and what their priorities are, allowing for easy adjustments to the schedule where required.
Ties requirements to schedule: One of the biggest risks in software projects is requirements that fall out-of-sync with the schedule. Devshop v2 keeps them glued together, treating requirements, designs and time estimates for tasks cohesively. If requirements change, Devshop v2 highlights the impact on the overall schedule. According to Fitzpatrick, “The Golden Rule is: when requirements change, time estimates must be revised.”
All the richness of the desktop with the reach of the Web: Devshop v2 is a hosted web application, which means users can access it from anywhere, on as many machines as they like, all the while maintaining the dynamic control of a desktop application.
Devshop v2 also includes many subtle improvements and some special new features requested by the Devshop user community, such as an import/export function and flexible durations.
Devshop Inc. plans to target small to medium sized dev teams and web development agencies, and to solicit customer feedback as a key product development input. Currently, the product is offered for $24 per user per month with group discounts available. Individuals can try the software with the personal version.