ThoughtWorks Studios, a global leader in enterprise Agile development products and services, today announced the latest version of Mingle, its flagship Agile project management platform. New capabilities give enterprises enhanced access control and user management to better manage and organize users and project workflows. Mingle also has new integrations with the company’s Agile release management product, Go,  for Continuous Delivery, and the Git version control system. The Go integration provides real-time visibility into software release pipelines and the overall health of software deployments.

Mingle is the Agile project management platform of ThoughtWorks Studios’ Agile ALM suite that includes Twist (Agile test automation) and Go (Agile release management). Mingle’s unique ability to manage any Agile method, from Scrum and Lean to “hybrid-Agile,” allows organizations to develop new, innovative development methods while managing existing, legacy processes, including waterfall. This non-prescriptive, adaptive and open approach addresses the realities of IT application development, where a mix of tools and processes are used across the enterprise. Based on more than a decade of Agile innovation from parent company ThoughtWorks, Mingle provides real-time quality metrics within and across projects, and team collaboration capabilities that bridge the gap between business stakeholders, project managers, program managers, development teams and IT operations.

“Agile is built on the presumption that individual teams will figure out for themselves the many details of how to plan, build, and deliver technology,” said Forrester Research, Inc. in the independent May 5, 2010 report: Tech Vendors Supporting Agile Must Be Adaptive.  “During the course of adoption, teams may perform significant revisions to these details, particularly as they adopt new Agile subdisciplines. Agile tools must be able to support these evolutions.”

New capabilities of Mingle 3.3 focus on extending and enhancing instance and project level integrations and user management capabilities to support larger, more complex enterprise Agile adoption. They include:

ALM integrations: Mingle’s ability to serve as an ALM platform is strengthened with improved integrations with the release management product, Go, providing improved visibility into the health of software builds. Now, cross-functional teams can have a real-time, live view of Go pipelines within all Mingle cards and pages. In addition, the latest version of Mingle includes new integration support for the Git version control system.

Enterprise-grade access control and permissions: Mingle fully supports project user groups and permissions for improved project workflow management. It helps standardize user groups and improves conformance and governance by extending organization and department specific user group definitions and process workflow structures to Mingle projects.

Improved user administration and management: For larger enterprise deployments, Mingle provides instance-level views that allow administrators to manage both user membership and project permissions for multiple projects at once. It simplifies user management with a new, improved view at the project level that enables user group management and bulk removal of users from a project.

“As Agile development reaches deeper within IT organizations it is increasingly important to efficiently manage, organize and visualize information across the entire development and release process,” said Cyndi Mitchell, managing director for ThoughtWorks Studios. “The latest version of Mingle addresses what our customers are asking for – easy to use, integrated software – allowing them to spend less time in the tool and more time building software.”