New Scheduling Software Devshop v2 Named Finalist for "Red Herring Top 50 Canada" Award

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Last month Devshop Inc. released it's latest product, Devshop v2, which accounts for risks and tightens the development schedule for software teams. As a result, the company has received increased attention such as a feature article in IT World Canada and notice on the radar of many bloggers. Devshop has now been named a finalist for the "Red Herring Top 50 Canada" award, a prestigious list honoring this year's most promising private technology ventures in Canada.

tool that allows users to 'score' metrics including time, requirements and design in an effort to improve development cycles.

The Red Herring editorial team used an intensely competitive process to select the most innovative companies from a pool of over 300, leaving 100 finalists vying for the "Red Herring Top 50 Canada 2008." The nominees are rigidly evaluated on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into their ecosystem. The CEOs and founders from the Red Herring Canada Top 50 will present their winning technologies to an audience of leading entrepreneurs, financiers and corporate strategists in Mont-Tremblant Quebec on September 15-17 List of Red Herring 100 finalist.

Devshop Inc. was founded in 2005 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 manage time-estimation errors, monitor distractions, and improve schedule confidence, all within an attractive web environment. 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."

"Factors like not knowing how long something will actually take to build and people switching hats during a project can louse up a project development cycle," according to Briony Smith of IT World Canada, a leading online IT publication. In his article:
Ottawa ISV takes on software project distractions published Aug. 18, Smith features Devshop as an example of a "tool that allows users to 'score' metrics including time, requirements and design in an effort to improve development cycles." In the article Smith also cites a recent Forrester report expressing the increased importance of these concepts as "more and more projects get muddled along the way due to development complexity."

Devshop Inc. plans to target small to medium sized dev teams and web development agencies. The company has just announced a new graduated pricing schedule that encourages team adoption by allowing individuals and small teams of two or three to use the software for free, while larger teams will pay less than $5 per person per month.

For more information including: videos, screen shots and quotes, visit:
Devshop Press Room.

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August 20, Craig Fitzpatrick, Devshop CEO, gave an interactive talk to 30 local Ottawa software developers, on the top risks in software projects and what to do about them:
video link.

Popular Devshop Video: Hug a developer today a satirical depiction of the challenges software developers routinely face.

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