AccuRev and Rally Software Partner to Scale Agile Software Development Best Practices : Combined Solution Will Improve Visibility, Task-based Development and Requirements Traceability for Agile Teams

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AccuRev, Inc. and Rally Software Development Corp®, today announced a technology partnership that will integrate AccuRev® software change and configuration management (SCCM) with Rally’s Agile lifecycle management solutions. The combined solution will provide a platform to manage multiple Agile processes and ongoing customer feedback, while improving visibility and requirements traceability between defects, issues and tasks and the actual source code changes made to address them.

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Agile development methods are gaining favor as an alternative to the plan-driven prescriptive methods traditionally used in application development. The move from waterfall to methods such as scrum, extreme programming and lean has brought flexibility and decreased delivery cycle time to many organizations.

The results from Agile software delivery teams are clear: faster delivery of quality software, significantly improved project visibility, and better alignment between business and IT organizations. But the ongoing challenge for many companies is taking early success – often at a team or division level – and scaling the success broadly across their companies. Impediments to success often include teams building the right skills and using the right tools to deliver results. Through this partnership, Rally and AccuRev will offer a solution for complete traceability across the Agile enterprise.

According to a recent Gartner research note titled "Agile Success Factors" from May 2007, "Agile development methods are gaining favor as an alternative to the plan-driven prescriptive methods traditionally used in application development. The move from waterfall to methods such as scrum, extreme programming and lean has brought flexibility and decreased delivery cycle time to many organizations." This note also alerts readers that Agile software development is not without risk, and teams need to understand the challenges associated with deploying a new process.

Paul Vienneau, director, software development at NaviMedix, said, "As a customer of AccuRev and Rally, NaviMedix is pleased that they are joining forces to offer seamless traceability across the entire Agile development lifecycle. In today's world of increasing audit and regulatory compliance, the importance of tracking project artifacts such as tasks and issues to the backing source control repository cannot be overstated. Together, AccuRev and Rally provide an optimal framework for Agile development teams."

Cliff Utstein, AccuRev vice president, business development, said, "A significant percentage of AccuRev's nearly 500 customers have begun adopting Agile development practices. This partnership and product integration with Rally further demonstrates our commitment to the leadership position as the Agile SCM vendor. Rally and AccuRev have a number of joint customers who are already seeing value in this product integration."

Availability

Integration between AccuRev's SCCM tool and Rally's Agile lifecycle management solution, called AccuBridge for Rally, is currently available through a customer beta program. For additional details, please contact your AccuRev sales representative at 1-800-383-8170 (US and Canada) or 1-781-861-8700 (Outside North America) or Rally sales representative at 1-866-348-1552.

About Rally

Rally is the #1 partner for Agile success through its family of products, coaching and community support. With a dedicated focus on Agile practices, Rally helps organizations of all sizes shorten their development cycles, minimize risk, and collaborate across teams and silos. Rally's on-demand Agile lifecycle management products were honored with three-time Jolt Product Excellence Awards (the industry's Oscars) in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and currently support over 360 corporate customers and 18,000 active subscribers in more than 30 countries. Rally's end-to-end solutions for Agile development also include Agile University, the largest source for Agile training, and Agile Commons, the largest collaborative Web 2.0 community dedicated to advancing software agility. For more information, visit http://www.rallydev.com.

About AccuRev Inc.

AccuRev provides best-of-breed software change and configuration management (SCCM) with a flexible and efficient approach to managing the software release process together with code assets in a seamless manner using any preferred development process model (e.g., Scrum, Waterfall, Lean, XP, RUP, etc.). The AccuRev solution is designed for today's complex and changing software development environments, including geographically distributed and offshore development teams working on multiple releases in parallel. AccuRev ensures greater project visibility, optimal team collaboration, and software asset reuse to deliver more software at over 30 percent faster than traditional file-based, branch and label SCCM solutions. AccuRev, the fastest growing SCCM company and two-time Jolt Product Excellence Award recipient, is used by a growing number of global enterprises including American Airlines, Orbitz, Polycom, Thomson Financial, T-Mobile and Lockheed Martin.

AccuRev, Inc. is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts and is privately held. More information about AccuRev can be found at http://www.accurev.com, or by calling 1-800-383-8170 (US and Canada), and 1-781-861-8700 (Outside North America).

Copyright © 2008 AccuRev, Inc. and Rally Software Development Corp. AccuRev is a registered trademark of AccuRev, Inc. Rally Software Development is a registered trademark of Rally Software Development Corp. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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