Shortcut, formerly known as clubhouse softwaretoday announced that its project management software for software development teams has been expanded to include additional workflow features.
CEO Kurt Schrader said team-to-workflow functionality is being added to the SaaS (software as a service) platform and will make it easier to share workflows between software development teams in a more standardized way.
Organizations can standardize workflows across multiple teams while giving each team the ability to customize workflows for their own unique processes. As work is created and assigned, it automatically moves through a workflow without having to manually update processes.
Shortcut is designed to make it easier for development teams to collaborate in a way that maintains transparency with other teams working on projects that are part of the same larger initiative, Schrader said. It allows product managers, engineers and designers to plan, track and measure their work frictionlessly as the organization continues to grow in size, he added.
For example, Shortcut will indicate what teams should focus on when priorities and timelines change within a specific project in addition to allowing users to define sprints using start and end dates, and the tool then sends reminders so the team can set aside time to focus on specific projects.
Shortcut will also integrate with continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platforms via application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable the development of custom workflows that include, for example, integrating with real-time conversations happening through the Slack collaboration service.
Most of the project management software DevOps teams use today is too complex and intimidating for the average business executive. Rather than forcing business users to learn how to master these applications, it is possible to make the case for a more intuitive set of project management tools for the software development teams and product managers they serve. at the end of the day.
As more and more organizations realize how dependent they are on software to drive business processes, many are rethinking the tools they currently rely on to manage software development. The goal is not only to reduce friction and enable greater transparency between teams, but also to provide stakeholders outside of the development team greater visibility into the status of a given project.
At the same time, organizations simultaneously launch more software development projects that have many dependencies. Many of these initiatives are based on microservices that are built in isolation from each other before being aggregated to create an application. The dependencies between these microservices require organizations to ensure that they are developed and deployed in a way that does not leave one software development team waiting for another to complete a project before they can complete their work.
Schrader said humans, as a species, are bad at organization. Project management applications must allow companies to understand more simply how projects are organized but also all the dependencies that exist between them.
Regardless of how software development projects are managed, the need for greater visibility is obvious to everyone. It’s less clear how best to achieve this given all the communication channels available.