In a previous post I looked at how the adoption of not only cloud-based software platforms but ancillary cloud-based services has really taken off, supported by a robust ecosystem of third-party SAAS tools for project management, testing, QA, monitoring, analytics, collaboration, etc. In the past it was common for software teams to develop some of these services, such as testing and monitoring, in-house. Others services, such as project management tools, might have been purchased on physical media (first floppies, then CDs, later DVDs) and laboriously installed on individual computers — often in far greater numbers than officially licensed).
Still other services, such as distributed collaboration tools, simply didn't exist before.
In today's cloud ecosystem, these readily-accessible tools are available in ever-increasing numbers. If you know what you're looking for, you can Google something like "agile project management software" to find product information and reviews. But sometimes it's nice to hear about what's new or popular a little more serendipitously.
CTO Favorites and Contenders
During previous research I conducted a survey of fellow CTOs to quantify their use of cloud services. As a byproduct of that exercise I received several CTO suggestions for favorite service which I’ve shared here,
along with notable category competitors also worth considering:
Distributed Agile Standups
User Session Playback
Visual Regression Testing
…Which are your favorites?
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Larry Cynkin is founding principal of GreenBar. Larry's articles have appeared on The Startup (Medium.com's largest publication) as well as CTO Craft and CTO Vision.