How Dev Tools Make Good Development Teams Great

September 21, 2016

How-the-Best-Dev-Tools-Make-a-Good-Development-Teams-Great-336x336 How Dev Tools Make Good Development Teams Great alm Software development is all about collaboration; you might think this is an obvious statement; however, you would be surprised at just how many developers we have come across that never heard about ALM software.

First ALM software is a collaboration tool; often the limit of their understanding is that it is a yet another collection of software development tools or a platform. They tend to be oblivious about the ROI. It is not all that surprising really since there is precious little to base any buying decision upon. Comparison websites are often out-of-date and reviews are often paid for. Nor can it be left to the team to decide since programmers tend to stick to the tools they know best, even if the tool is out of date and should be retired. Just as software development is speeding up, so is the development of Dev Tools, making it difficult for anyone to keep track of. Consequently buying a tool based upon a team vote of which tool is best is a big mistake, especially if the team has been working together a long time. The term ’if it aint broke don’t fix it’ is a warning signal that your software selection needs to be reviewed but equally fool hardy is jumping on the newest tools available.

So why is Application Lifecycle Management so important for development?

Agile development of all varieties requires software to manage Agile Application lifecycle management of some kind. The success of or failure of Application Lifecycle Management can equate to the success or failure of the entire project. Therefore how successful a project is, is at least in part, determined by the DevTools used because the tools use determine the team work culture including how they collaborate. This is particularly true when scaling up development, when managing collaboration and complexity becomes even more difficult, this is why very large projects and enterprises deploy project management frameworks such as Scrum at Scale or Agile Frameworks such as the Scaled Agile Framework. This in itself leads to greater complexity in Dev tooling, necessary to reduce the burden of complexity and project administration for team members and to manage the collaboration between many different teams, often working in distributed locations.

The difference between good and great teams can be attributed to the Development environment used

How good a development team is can be measured by how fast they are, initially this might sound concerning particularly for those concerned about quality, however new research supports this viewpoint. The study, carried out by Heidrick & Struggles set out to determine what the best teams do differently from the rest, but what they found was not what they were expecting, not much was different. Instead, they found that they just did everything faster, including failing faster. Of the 3000 teams looked at in the survey only 13% were operating at an optimal level. The message here is pretty straight forward, management must reduce the burden of administration on team members and improve collaboration, by doing so you enable development teams to work faster. The simplest way to achieve this is to upgrade your toolset to an integrated DevTool set based upon a single repository, avoid separate tools for various jobs, the point is to have it all within a single working environment that provides transparency and traceability, – specifically ALM software. Of course, here we recommend you to consider our very own codeBeamer ALM software.

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Eva is an Economist (MSc) and also holds an MBA in Marketing Communications. She has over 10 years of experience in journalism, digital media communication and project management working with several multinational companies and governmental institutions. You will find her blogs posts on a variety of subjects from Agile-Waterfall Hybrid, Scrum to DevOps.

Eva Johnson has written 132 posts for Intland Software.

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