Application development consultancy ThoughtWorks has released Mingle, its first ever commercial software product. The new tool is said to centralize project intelligence, but be firmly geared toward agile software development processes.
ThoughtWorks said Mingle gives Agile development teams the tools they need to manage software delivery projects. It said it will enable teams to collaborate and document, track bugs, capture requirements, and link code to requirements all in one place. Mingle is aimed at software developers, business analysts, quality assurance professionals, and project and program managers. The company said its clients have been using Mingle and feeding back on early releases since early 2007.
ThoughtWorks said Mingle echoes its philosophy that by giving individual team members a user experience that makes doing their job more enjoyable, the data provided to management will be more accurate, timely, and thorough.
Adam Monago, product manager for Mingle at ThoughtWorks, said: We are really excited to be releasing the first version of Mingle, targeted at simplifying the problems of day-to-day collaboration currently faced by software development teams. With this platform, teams of all sizes and skill sets can now benefit from over a decades worth of ThoughtWorks’ expertise; in Agile project management experience.
Monago said the company is already planning further developments for Mingle, including additional support, training offerings, and consultancy services, as well as incorporating new features that support an increased rate of feedback to developers, managers, and IT decision-makers.
The company said it spent nine months developing the tool, with a central group in Sydney collating development from its worldwide development team. They drew on technologies such as Ruby on Rails and JRuby, while Agile best practices including frequent releases and short feedback cycles were used throughout and the ThoughtWorks team used Mingle itself to project manage the product development.
Mingle is commercially available on Windows, Mac, and Unix platforms. There is a 30-day free trial available, after which it will remain free to use for teams of five or fewer members. It will also be available at no cost for most open source projects, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations.