Understanding the Intricacies of an Agile ALM

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ALM includes all of the practices, processes and tools that facilitate managing of an application's lifecycle from both a business and development perspective right from the initial development to final release. It mainly involves three aspects that are governance, development, and operations. To manage an application during a specific age it is necessary to look at the intricacies of processes, methods and tooling practices which collectively called as ALM. The main areas of ALM include


· Requirements Management - Refers to requirement analysis, consolidation and management

· Architecture & Design – Refers to application architecture, functional/non-function specification, technical design and solution structuring practices or patterns

· Software Development Process – Various methodologies to develop the core application including Agile/ MSF/ Iterative Development

· Project Management & Governance – Includes schedule/cost control, Project Management, Reporting and Risk Management

· Database Management - Includes database tools/ processes to implement better design/operations/builds around Database

· Code Quality -  Includes tools/methods to improve code quality and stability of application

· Quality Assurance - Includes software testing processes and planning

· Configuration & Deployment - Release and change management combined with build procedures

There is an inherent risk in all software development, as software development is based on innovation and discovery. In a manufacturing system the processes can be automated, on the contrary, the software development process cannot be turned into a one-size-fits-all.


The Agile ALM

Software development teams are continually looking for ways to enhance both the process and technology of software development, to cut down the possibility of a project failure. As no software system is so simple that the complete development can be scripted from beginning to end in a linear fashion, many are looking at a shift in the market towards the Agile ALM. Agile and ALM, once two distinct market segments, are now beginning to consolidate. As a result we now have what we call Agile ALM platforms. Both the ALM and Agile communities concentrate on enhancing the current state of software development. The ALM uses the technology point of view to approach a challenge while agile looks at improving the process itself. The mutual goals and synergies of ALM and Agile are resulting in a number of Agile ALM vendors in the market. Scrum, the most popular implementation of the Agile movement, has seen exponential growth in the past and teams using Scrum enjoy the advantage of accelerated product innovation, and minimal project rework.


Agile Application Lifecycle Management Software helps to manage application development distributed among various teams in a quick and efficient manner.




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This article was published on 2011/09/27