People usually know Telerik for our individual developer productivity tools. With
the release of TeamPulse yesterday,
Telerik is entering the Agile ALM space and delivers team productivity tools to the
The idea for TeamPulse was hatched a long time ago at Telerik. It started when we
realized that we had a lot of agile teams that compete in a very dynamic marketplace.
Our teams at Telerik are agile, high performing, and need to rapidly react to new
conditions. (I remember when we were building our Silverlight controls, each CTP/beta
of Silverlight v 2.0 broke our code so deeply that we had to start over at each beta!)
As we acquired companies and added more product lines and divisions, we needed a better
way to manage the projects, requirements, teams, resources, and iterations. Simply
put, with close to 200 developers and many products in several categories, we needed
an agile application lifecycle management (ALM) solution. We decided to build some
tools with our partner Imaginet for
internal use. We liked them so much, we decided to release them to the world about
a year ago as the Work
Item Manager and Project DashBoard. That is when we decided to build and bring
TeamPulse to the world.
We wanted to bring a unique product to the market, a product for teams that lived
up to the Telerik values of productivity and simplicity. A product that made it easy
for agile teams to manage themselves. At its core, TeamPulse is an agile project
management tool that focuses on collaboration.
The core features of TeamPulse v1.0 are:
As I have written
on this blog before, a true high performing team has to be both “high bandwidth”
and transparent. TeamPulse helps the teams get there with its stress on ease of use,
collaboration, and tracking/analytics. In addition, TeamPulse will help you be “more
agile” and give you advice with the unique to the industry Best
Practice Analyzer (BPA). The BPA is an engine that will examine your project data
and help your team conform to certain agile characteristics. The cool thing is that
you can bypass all of the rules that we ship and write and enforce your own!
We are very excited to bring you TeamPulse. I hope you find it as useful as our development
PS. TeamPulse is written in Microsoft Silverlight 4.0, so you can run it in any environment and
out of browser. All you need is a Microsoft backend to host the product,
your clients can be Windows or a Mac.