To appreciate Agile ALM, we need to first revisit the traditional ALM concept: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is managing the lifecycle stages of a software application – namely ideation, development and maintenance. ALM brings the best practices and team structure to the software development process so as to aid continuous delivery of high quality software.
Application Lifecycle Management typically includes managing project, planning requirements, software development, testing, changes, integration and release. Thus, Agile ALM Software differs from Agile Project Management Software from Agile Project Management Software tools in that ALM tools encompass project management tool and all lifecycle attribute tools. A large number of ALM tools are available, concerning one or more of above areas. However almost no tool integrate all the attributes to provide an end-to-end software for ALM.
An area, missed by almost all these applications and for that purpose by traditional ALM models is Customer part of the application lifecycle. Since Software Applications are built for customers, customer in some format is and needs to be a part of ALM. This omission of customer support or feedback part from ALM is addressed by SoftALM®, that provides agile lifecycle management
The SoftALM® builds a unique niche in ALM by incorporating Customer Feedback in the software development process. The ability to use Waterfall and Agile methodologies in software development is equally well supported by SoftALM®. Thus SoftALM® does not oblige the use of only one methodology, rather it helps in transformation from the old to new in a very gradual and easy way.
The above Agile ALM model supports building a Program Backlog (combination of Business and Architectural Backlog) through Epics, Features and detailing Requirements or Stories. The Product Backlog, when prioritized gives rise to a Program on which the Agile or Scrum team can work together. Release Backlog consists of Features that the scrum team has to deliver during that release. In Agile, the release is built through a series of sprints, each of which provides the delivery of a shippable DONE increment. Each sprint has a cross-functional team that works collaboratively on the Sprint or Iteration Backlog, which can be in the form of User stories or Requirements. Customer feedback or requests can be incorporated in an iteration or sprint, as and when they arise. This helps you be truly agile as you can respond and adapt to change requests quickly.
Having all the Product and Program lifecycle analytics, be it product backlog status or product quality or sprint burn-downs on your fingertips is what SoftALM® can do for your team! Thus making your Application Lifecycle Management a transparent and seamless process while being Agile!
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