Understanding Software Development and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

April 18, 2014

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codeBeamer ALM software is the Orchestra of ALM software solutions in that it provides a holistic approach to Enterprise software development.  In a musical orchestra a conductor co-ordinates groups of professional musicians who play in unison, separated by section (brass for example) and specialty, – the type of instrument (such as trumpet).

In the world of Application Lifecycle Management, the Project manager co-ordinates professionals of a different kind, programmers, and other professionals with highly specialized skills. These professionals are organized in teams rather than musical sections and working on different areas of development.

In a Musical Orchestra each section has a group leader, otherwise known as the principle, aside from leading the group, this musician is typically responsible for solo pieces of music.  In the software development world, for example – where Scrum is used, the leader would be the Scrum Master.

Application Lifecycle Management breaks down Software Development into disciplines equivalent to the musical composition that the orchestra plays. In codeBeamer ALM software solution this equates to 5 disciplines (modules) with ordered sets of processes.  These are:

  • Demand Management
  • Requirements Management
  • Development + Project Management (SCCM)
  • Quality Assurance + Test Management
  • IT Operations (DevOps)

Just as a musician requires an instrument to be in an orchestra, a programmer needs certain tools to work in an Enterprise Agile Software Development team.  These tools are for managing the above disciplines and collaborating with the other team members.

In an orchestra the smallest amount of music to be played (work to be done) would be a musical note and then sentence whereas in Scrum this would be the artifact. After this point using an orchestra as an analogy for Application Lifecycle Management breaks down, since unlike musical orchestra a software development team is usually working from dispersed locations.

Critically, the members of a software development team are not just musicians following and playing piece of music, but rather a team of musical composers working in collaboration to create a masterpiece.

Learn more about how to create your masterpiece with codeBeamer and its great new features. Start codeBeamer ALM solution for free today.

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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 131 posts for Intland Software.

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