Developing collaboration, automation strategies throughout the software lifecycle


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Enterprise software development and management can involve coordination of hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people and processes. Is it any wonder communication and collaboration is so difficult

According to a recent Gartner report, “ALM improves collaboration among clients, development organizations and project management, allowing enterprises’ agile concepts to be successfully propagated.”

Thanks to trends such as cloud computing, mobile devices and features adopted from social media, we live in a world where collaboration from anywhere is possible. We can now connect with our customers and each other. Getting teams out of silos and in close touch with business, project and operations management, and most important, users and customers can improve business agility.

ALM is the glue that holds the various software development practices together. By integrating the data and the voices of the stakeholders into a global repository, agile ALM provides transparency and modern-day communication techniques aimed at creating teams without physical boundaries.

In our feature story, “Realize Full Potential of agile ALM With Customer Collaboration,” we learn how requirements management has progressed from a cumbersome review process of lengthy documentation to one which allows for continual collaboration with all stakeholders throughout the lifecycle.

This issue also addresses the pain points in communication between people and systems. “Updating Tools, Processes Key to Overcoming SCM Challenges In ALM” covers software configuration management strategies, providing advice to senior managers on automation, cross-group coordination and maintaining consistent procedures to reap the full benefits of the latest SCM tools. Our final article, “Piece Together a Distributed World with ALM Communication Methods,” describes collaborative tools for geographically dispersed teams.

What collaborative features is your team using in ALM? Let me know.

This was first published in May 2012

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