When we begin to look at project methodologies, best practices for running projects, many 101352155businesses are turning to Agile or Agile-like methods in order to find success with the deliverables. Over the past few years, Scrum has become so common that you regularly hear people using it synonymously with “Agile.” More recently however, Kanban appears to be the big buzz for many organizations.

Organizations that have mastered Scrum are beginning to move to Kanban. Many of the major Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) vendors are also adding Kanban features to their suites and solutions. How to work lean, or with continuous flow throughout your projects, often equates to the use of Kanban.

Let’s look at the principle phases throughout the application lifecycle that have dramatic affects on project success, regardless of team size, project type, etc.

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Agile ALM imageAs development platforms, coding methodologies, and devices proliferate, Agile ALM tools support integrations with an ever-increasing range of systems.

Long-standing vendors in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) space can trace their roots to the 1980s, or even earlier. Since the 1990s, ALM tools have played a key part in the project manager’s arsenal, allowing him or her to track project status and progress towards objectives.

Managers have paid top dollar for ALM suites that could track project data and provide meaningful reporting. However, as development environments have evolved, the tools and components being used to manage this process have grown to become integrated and convenient, covering all phases of the development lifecycle including architecture, testing, and deployment with a single common interface.

Process flexibility has become key. Instead of a strict adherence to Agile or waterfall development, most firms have pursued a middle path and customized their methodology to meet their own needs. Some Agile ALM tools cater to the need for flexibility.

Quality control has become a core part of ALM. Several major ALM tools are built around testing tools and process maturity.

Going forward, expect stronger integration between ALM tools and the ecosystem of products supporting development, such as testing, PLM tools and IDEs.

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