Agile ALM: Lightweight tools and Agile strategies by Michael Hüttermann

By Michael Hüttermann

Agile ALM is a advisor for Java builders who are looking to combine versatile agile practices and light-weight tooling alongside all levels of the software program improvement strategy. The e-book introduces a brand new imaginative and prescient for handling switch in requisites and approach extra successfully and flexibly. It synthesizes technical and useful components to supply a complete method of software program improvement. Agile program Lifecycle administration (Agile ALM) combines versatile strategies with light-weight instruments in a finished and useful method of development, checking out, integrating, and deploying software program. Taking an agile method of ALM improves product caliber, reduces time to marketplace, and makes for happier builders.

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Agile ALM: Lightweight tools and Agile strategies

Agile ALM is a consultant for Java builders who are looking to combine versatile agile practices and light-weight tooling alongside all levels of the software program improvement technique. The booklet introduces a brand new imaginative and prescient for coping with swap in standards and approach extra successfully and flexibly. It synthesizes technical and practical components to supply a finished method of software program improvement.

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Examples include coding artifacts, design documents, user manuals, requirements, technical specs, test cases, build scripts, and so on. info 10 CHAPTER 1 Getting started with Agile ALM (continued) For a detailed discussion of configuration items, and configuration management in general, see the following sources: Alexis Leon, A Guide to Software Configuration Management (Artech House, 2000); Mario E. Moreira, Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap (Wiley, 2004); Mario E. Moreira, Adopting Configuration Management for Agile Teams (Wiley, 2010); Larry Klosterboer, Implementing ITIL Configuration Management (IBM Press, 2008); A.

ALM isn’t only about tools and using them but also about picking the right tools, using them effectively, and, above all, integrating them. Integration implies a barrier-free chain of tools that share a high-level workflow and consolidated data sets. These aspects of the ALM approach led to the following key benefits: ■ ■ ■ 7 Traceability of relationships between artifacts—Created artifacts such as documentation, requirement documents, tests, build scripts, change requests, and source code (for example, changesets) are synchronized and traced automatically.

Unreliable data synchronization—Tools and workflows extract information out of the development process, but tools often have their own proprietary data-storage mechanisms. Using a collection of unrelated tools (for instance, a requirementtracking tool and a test tool) can quickly lead to a data-integration nightmare. Many tools have an open API to facilitate the sharing of data, or specific features that will handle data integration programmatically (for example, import/export via XML), but the results of programmatic synchronization are often cumbersome and error-prone, increasing the complexity significantly.

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