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IBM and all that Jazz

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on March 18, 2008

From CNN Money

“The challenges faced by today’s software developers are about team collaboration, productivity and working across borders and time zones. It’s important for our students to understand the global dynamics of software development and Jazz provides us with a platform for that,” said Dr. Frank Maurer, head of the Agile Software Engineering group at the University of Calgary. “The IBM Jazz projects we are conducting help our students investigate how to improve communication and collaboration in globally distributed teams using leading edge technology from one of the best software companies in the world.”

Every year IBM awards universities with grants allowing the next generation of developers to research software development team collaboration on a global scale. The new research grants will help students embrace programming and software development as a team rather than solitary activity.

The University of Calgary received two Jazz research grants: AP Jazz will link its synchronous AgilePlanner tool with the Jazz Team Server and integrate test-driven development with Agile project management, while Kode1061 examines providing a social networking platform for software development through a Jazz plug-in.
IBM provides more than 1,200 free tutorials and over 1,200 software technology downloads available to students through its developerWorks site, plus additional resources for course material and curricula development to faculty through its Academic Initiative. Through, IBM offers over 250 course modules on software topics to more than 2,400 member schools, including 56 courses on Rational software with many more new courses being added soon, all of which are available at no cost. In 2008, IBM is offering more than 200 in-person faculty training and workshops on topics including software development, open source initiatives, security, software testing, software architecture and design.

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