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swarmOS: Visually Connecting Strategic Objectives to Software Projects

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Connecting an organization’s strategic objectives to the specific business and software projects that support them has been a problem since the very beginning of the IT function. But the challenges and implications have increased exponentially in the age of continuous delivery and digital transformation.

Launched at the Atlassian Summit 2017, swarmOS helps organizations simply and visually connect these dots. The swarmOS solution is comprised of three Jira add-ons: Foundation, Analyzer, and Cockpit. Foundation is a Jira project wizard that creates one of three project types: strategic, business or software, with pre-defined workflows and settings.

Analyzer is essentially a visualization engine for Jira projects. It dynamically pulls project data from Jira and enables organizations to visually explore relationships, constraints, and blockages. Moreover, its extensive filtering capabilities enable organizations to visualize specific projects, look across projects from a role or resource perspective or view only projects that meet specific criteria.

Cockpit enables business or management users to see a high-level view of all projects in a simplified dashboard. It provides instant visualization of escalations, milestone status, dependencies, change in scope, capacity constraints, running cost estimates and even project satisfaction levels. While Analyzer can analyze any Jira dataset, the company’s solution is most powerful when organizations leverage Analyzer in combination with Cockpit and Foundation-based projects that establish the macro relationships between strategic objectives and underlying business and software projects.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).