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SoftALM® provides a single End-to-End Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform which lets your team focus on what it does best – develop extra-ordinary software!
SoftALM® addresses following enterprise needs:
SoftALM® is an outcome of Team JamBuster’s earnest efforts to learn from challenges it faced while working on Software Out-sourcing, managing a Captive Software Product Development Center and recently on developing our own enterprise software products. Software development, over the years, has become complex enterprise activity, requiring cross-functional collaboration with agility. Thus, most development challenges, either quality or predictive delivery arise from not having the visibility to progress and problems across teams and projects. These challenges can be overcome with an Application Lifecycle Management software that leverages Agile (Agile ALM tool) to work for bigger and globally spread-out enterprise teams. SoftALMTM also provides capabilities for Waterfall development. Thus SoftALMTM is a tool that lets you manage ALM either the Agile or the Waterfall way.
SoftALM® - provides complete visibility through an integrated end-to-end ALM platform to take away the pain in managing and maintaining the patchwork of ALM Tools, and focus on continuous delivery and be release ready. So SoftALM® truly takes care of the ALM needs and lets you develop extra-ordinary software and win hearts of your customers!
SoftALM® provides all capabilities that an ideal Agile Tool should possess. Along with being an ALM Tool, SoftALM leverages Agile methodology to attain continuous delivery. Below are the key capabilities of SoftALM as an Agile ALM Tool, keeping the Agile Manifesto as basis:
SoftALM thus provides an Agile ALM Tool that is simple yet intelligent!
SoftALM® is an Agile ALM Tool that leverages Agile methodology while providing following key ALM capabilities:
SoftALM® provides a scaled agile framework to transform your enterprise to Agile! The heart of agile is its team that brings the agility. This improved velocity necessitates a relatively large product backlog at all times. Thus for enterprises, scaling agile is being able to scale product definition backlog and closely monitor its burn-down in program/release/iterations to ensure agility.
SoftALM thus provides an Agile ALM Tool that facilitates seamless transformation of your enterprise to Agile!
SoftALM® provides a very simplistic flow that will ease the Agile ALM for your enterprise.
SoftALM thus provides an Agile ALM Tool that’s so easy to use, that your team will take less than a day to learn it!
The SoftALM® model explained below provides an overview of SoftALM's features
SoftALM® is one ALM tool that you will need whether you chose to do Waterfall development or Agile development. Mentioned below are some key features:
Hence, SoftALM® builds on the Methodology you prefer (Agile or Waterfall) to make the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) process a collaborative one and provide you with data at your fingertips to make quick decisions!
Essential to SoftALM® model is the traditional ALM Model:
Plan Develop/Build Release
An end-to-end Agile ALM tool however must bring in Product Planning, Quality & Customer Support, in iterative cycles. This becomes the basis of SoftALM® model, the phases of which are explained below:
Agile has proven its success in relatively small teams of 5-10 people. Enterprises with large teams of 500-50000, looking to leverage agile, therefore need to scale agile methodology for their usage.
At JamBuster, we believe such that success of Agile is because of its small team that ensures all functions work on a user story together, leading to face-to-face communication that quickly resolves issues, brings out ideas and speeds up its implementation. Hence this small team is the soul of Agile and must be preserved by Enterprise to leverage Agile principles!
SoftALM® provides a flexible framework for scaling agile for enterprises that preserves such small scrum or agile team implementation. While a small company software team of 5-20 works on a one or more product, an enterprise software company works with multiple 50-500+ people teams, on product lines, each containing several software products. Hence, we realize while scaling Agile for enterprise, the scaling should be provided as hierarchy or grouping of user stories, not only Feature and Epic, but also through Product and Product line. Thus, to ensure the preserving of the agile team, methodology and spirit even in the enterprise context, the program backlog is fed through product backlog – which consists of business features, architectural features and customer feedback.
SoftALM®'s framework for scaled agile is explained below:
SoftALM® provides agile methodology, integrated with enterprise capabilities to make it – a complete Enterprise Agile tool.
A generic Agile methodology can be represented as:
Plan Develop/Build Release
This iterative, incremental and interactive model is very effective, if you are working with a small team of 5-10 people with 20-50 user stories in backlog, and a spread sheet can help manage.
Consider applyingagile with a 100-1000 strong enterprise team, with 5000-50,000 user stories across multiple products and product lines, some of which share the user-stories. Throw in multiple team locations across the globe. Then again there are compliances required by industry-specific certifications. Requirement Traceability means having digital record of lifecycle of requirement. So How Do You Scale Agile For Enterprise Level?
SoftALM®, our Agile Project Management Tool, builds on Agile Methodology to scale Agile for Enterprise level (can also be referred to as a scaled agile framework) in the following 3 abstractions described below:
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 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. A large number of ALM tools are available, concerning one or more of above areas. An area, missed by 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.
SoftALM® provides a unique integration of Agile Project with Application Lifecycle data from requirements, testing, defect fixing and change requests. Thus SoftALM® is truly an Agile ALM. Furthermore, SoftALM® leverages Agile for Enterprise integrated with ALM. This Agile ALM capabilities of SoftALM® can be represented as following diagrammatic representation
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!
Take a look at the following documents to learn more about SoftALM® (The Agile ALM Tool):