Now I am not a developer, but I have worked closely enough with Business Analysts, Project Managers and Developers to be intrigued by an Australian company called Atlassian. They provide
issue tracking, collaboration and software development tools
that support Agile development, integrate with Google Apps + Studio and Sharepoint and have a wide range of customers from Adobe, BMW, and Boeing to Johns Hopkins University and Yahoo!
I like the look of their issue tracking and project management tools in their JIRA product.
In yesterday's post I reported what Dan Pink believes drives people. In his video he cited Atlassian's novel approach to providing autonomy and engagement. Once a quarter the firm gives it's employees beer and cakes and 24 hours to work on any of the products they have in the software portfolio so long as they show the output of their work at the end.
This 'let me get out of your way approach' by management results in significant bug fixes and innovations to their product line.