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GatherSpace is a California-based company that provides on-demand tools to manage customer requirements. The company, founded by Darren Levy, is most well known for its web-based Agile Requirements Management applications for software development projects.[1] Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, GatherSpace is wholly owned by Levy Consulting Incorporated.[2][3]

History

Darren Levy founded GatherSpace.com in 2005. The company began beta-testing its on demand requirements tool shortly thereafter. Once the product passed testing, GatherSpace introduced the Requirements Manager Software tool, making it publicly available for users.[1] Levy explained to Computer World in November 2006 that the use case approach to application requirements management enabled users to “prioritize software features, check their status and see how well they matched the original requirements documents.”[4]

The initial product was geared toward small to midsized companies who normally could not afford large enterprise systems. The software greatly increased the speed and accuracy of project delivery systems by providing an adaptive way to capture and manage customer requirements. GatherSpace offered customers a free trial and a monthly pricing plan based on the number of members on a project management team.[4] The company continued to grow, providing services to Adobe, Oaktree, Helio, and PurchasingPower.[5] According to OnDemand Beat, GatherSpace was one of the first companies to move Software Requirements Management to an OnDemand Model.[6]

Two years later, it launched version 2.0 of the Requirements Management Software tool, adding additional agile capabilities, a visualization tool and more Ajax functionality.[7] It partnered with getNetworks, a hosting provider based in Roswell, Georgia to offer its cloud-based solution. Levy explained to Soft Searchware Equality’s Colleen Fyre: “Utilizing the cloud eliminates the need to administer and maintain the software itself or the hardware infrastructure.”[7] GatherSpace 2.0 allowed developers to import requirements to work on them offline, or export requirements into comma-separated value (CSV) and extensible markup language (XML) formats.[8]

By partnering with Amazon AMS in 2010, GatherSpace was able to provide additional security and performance to its clients. The partnership allows GatherSpace to control Amazon EC2 with RDS MySql instances and also utilize their hosting capabilities for customers with unique performance requirements on a per-region basis.[9] The result was a faster and highly-protected system that gave GatherSpace’s customers the opportunity to access their requirements management data with added security measures.

GatherSpace announced another update to its cloud platform in September 2011.[10][11][12] Its new features include the ability to point users to high-priority items, a tab for collaboration and workflow, and enhanced importing and exporting capabilities for data.[10][11] Dr Dobb’s Adrian Bridgewater wrote that GatherSpace’s hosted-cloud application, which enables broad access to development-related data so that teams can collaborate in real-time, was its “most important ace card.”[11] Speaking of the product updates, Darren Levy told IT Business Daily’s Ann All that the new features “were designed to facilitate higher customer involvement, more accurate requirement capture and more detailed definition. This provides a solid baseline from which change management can be controlled.”[12]

Agile Project Management

GatherSpace’s product is a web-based Agile requirements management and use-case authoring software.[1] The software allows business and technical teams to collaborate on projects using the functionality of cloud computing.[1] Agile product management developed as a result of software development project concerns, particularly among teams. The Agile movement’s tenets include: uninterrupted delivery of essential software, embracing evolving requirements, communication between business people and developers, and promoting a sustainable environment where project teams can focus on efficiency and effectiveness.[13]

Agile Project Management is seen as an alternative to Waterfall project management practices, which promotes extensive planning and production cycles.[14] There are several Agile management strategies, including iterative, adaptive, and extreme.[15] According to John and Daniel Fernandez, the iterative strategy uses immediate solutions to determine the parameters of a complete solution.[15] The adaptive strategy builds on the iterative strategy by adjusting phases of the project based on feedback. Extreme strategies focus on using iterations to determine the complete scope of a project.[15]

Given the evolutionary nature of Agile project management, it was subject to adaption of its own. Project managers soon began relying on hybrid variations of agile, combining it with other project management systems such as Waterfall and Scrum – a system that focuses on large and complex projects.[16][17] Through SaaS – Software as a Service - GatherSpace utilizes an agile hybrid project management approach for its management system.[1]

GatherSpace’s current and former clients include Siemans, Chase, Experian Interactive Media, Fox Interactive Media, Warner Brothers, and First Advantage. Federal and state agencies, including the United States Department of Transportation and Georgia Farm Bureau, also work with GatherSpace. In addition to its corporate and government clientele, it continues to services to small and midsized businesses.[1]

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 GatherSpace. GatherSpace Homepage. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  2. Zoom Info. Darren Levy, Chief Executive Officer, GatherSpace. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  3. Read Write Web. Gatherspace Make Requirements Management Easier. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Computer World. Free systems management software adds spice — and advertising — to your admin’s tool chest.. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  5. Pulse 2. GatherSpace.com Launching New Software For Requirements Management. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  6. On Demand Beat. GatherSpace Requirements Management Solution. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Search Software Quality. GatherSpace beefs up cloud-based requirements management. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  8. Software Development Times. GatherSpace works on being 'un-bloated'. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  9. Amazon Web Services. AWS Case Study: GatherSpace. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Business News Daily. Cloud Platform Offers Customized Software That Won't Break the Bank. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Doctor Dobbs. Requirements Management With Prioritization. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  12. 12.0 12.1 IT Business Edge. Development Tool Fosters Closer Relationship Between Business, IT Teams. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  13. Agile Manifesto. Principles behind the Agile Manifesto. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  14. Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specifiedeHow. . Retrieved on 13 July 2012 (www.ehow.com/facts_6801409_definition-agile-project-management.html).
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT -- AGILISM VERSUS TRADITIONAL APPROACHES". Journal Of Computer Information Systems 49(2): 10–17. 2008. 
  16. Scrum Alliance. Scrum Is An Innovative Approach To Getting Work Done. Retrieved on 13 July 2012.
  17. "THE EVOLUTION OF AGILE". PM Network 26(1): 28–33. 2012. 
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