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Editor’s Note: Putting simplicity in the software process

In this issue, you’ll find the latest on ALM tool integration, dashboards and transparency to help in making decisions about ALM tools.

With the number of ALM tools available today, finding a suite that matches your organization’s needs is anything but simple. Yet simplicity is one of the key attributes that Agile ALM espouses. In this issue, you’ll find the latest on ALM tool integration, dashboards and transparency to help in making decisions about ALM tools.

Seamless integration of the different processes and tools that are managing them is key in finding an ALM suite. In our feature article, “What to Consider Before Integrating,” Cameron laird will take a look at the pros and cons between a pre-integrated tool suite from a single-source vendor versus the mix-and-match approach of buying niche tools and then integrating for your own custom ALM suite.

Having the ability to roll up metrics appropriately when different methodologies are being used is one consideration when implementing an ALM dashboard. In “Designing and Implementing Quality Dashboards,” Nari Kannan steps through an approach for systematic analysis, design and implementation of your ALM quality dashboard. Such a dashboard, along with implementing Agile practices, is crucial for transparency. In “Agile Development Is All About Transparency,” Agile expert Lisa Crispin writes on techniques used to ensure senior managers are informed of project status in order to make the best decisions for the business.

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