Shortcut, formerly known as Clubhouse Software, today announced that its project management software for software development teams has been extended to include additional workflow capabilities.
CEO Kurt Schrader said team-to-workflow functionality is being added to the Software as a Service (SaaS) platform and will make it easier to share workflows between software development teams across 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 the job is created and assigned, it automatically switches to a workflow without having to manually update the processes.
Shortcut is designed to make it easier for development teams to work together in a way that maintains transparency with other teams working on projects that are part of the same larger initiative, said Schrader. This 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 as priorities and schedules change within a specific project in addition to allowing users to define sprints using start and end dates, and l The tool then sends out 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, integration with real-time conversations taking place through the Slack collaboration service.
Much of the project management software used by DevOps teams today is too complex and intimidating for the average business leader. Rather than forcing business users to learn how to master these applications, it is possible to argue for a more intuitive set of project management tools for the software development teams and the product managers they serve. at the end of the day.
As more organizations realize how much they depend on software to drive their business processes, many are examining the tools they currently rely on to manage software development. The goal is not only to reduce friction and allow more transparency between teams, but also to provide stakeholders outside the development team with greater visibility into the status of a given project.
At the same time, organizations are simultaneously launching more software development projects that have many dependencies. Many of these initiatives are based on microservices that are built independently of each other before being aggregated to create an application. The dependencies between these microservices force organizations to ensure that they are developed and deployed in such a way that they don’t let one software development team wait for another to complete a project before they can complete their work.
Schrader said that humans, as a species, are bad at organization. Project management applications should make it easier for companies to understand how projects are not only organized but also all the dependencies that exist between them.
No matter how software development projects are managed, the need for greater visibility is obvious to everyone. The best way to do this is less clear given all the communication channels available.