Ivar Jacobson International Launches New App to Help Improve Software Project Success

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New Alpha State Explorer app helps software teams focus on essentials, and keep projects on track, using simple check-lists based on emerging industry standard.

Alpha State Explorer App
The check-lists built in to the Alpha State Explorer app are the result of decades of collective experience, from a multitude of software professionals around the world.

Ivar Jacobson International (IJI) today announced the launch of the Alpha State Explorer App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The app, which is freely available on the App Store, enables software development teams to easily track their project status, set clear objectives and avoid failures by ensuring essential aspects of good software development practice are addressed. The app is entirely method, process and practice agnostic, and supports any type of software development, whether teams are using traditional methods, or more modern lean and agile techniques.

“The Alpha State Explorer app is a new offering, but the concepts it embodies have been proven over many years within our customer engagements, across many different types of project, and within a variety of industries.” said Sion Roberts, IJI CEO. “The concept is simple: if check-lists can keep aircraft in the sky, and save patient’s lives in the operating theatre, then why not do the same for software projects? The check-lists built in to the Alpha State Explorer app are the result of decades of collective experience, from a multitude of software professionals around the world.”

The app supports the lightweight process framework known as The Essence Kernel, originally developed by the SEMAT group and in the process of becoming an industry standard under the OMG.

IJI Chairman and CTO Ivar Jacobson, commented: “The problem with traditional software processes is that they are too large and cumbersome for most development projects, and tailoring them down is often too complex a task. Agile has addressed this to some degree, focusing on the people aspects of development and minimizing process overhead. But in order to successfully scale up, and get the right balance of agility and governance, we need an ultra-lightweight, adaptable process framework, one that can work with any project – The Essence Kernel is such a framework, and the app is the latest offering to support it and make it widely available to the software development industry.”

Learn more about the Alpha State Explorer app, and how to download it, from the IJI website.

About Ivar Jacobson International:
IJI is a global services company providing high quality consulting, coaching and training solutions for customers seeking the benefits of enterprise-scale agile software development. We are passionate about improving the performance of software development teams, and maximizing the delivery of business value through technology. Whether you are looking to transform a single project or program or your entire organization with lean and agile practices, we have solutions to suit your needs. For more information on IJI, visit: http://www.ivarjacobson.com.

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