Lifecycle traceability – an important feature of any ALM solution

QArea Expert by QArea Expert on February 11, 2015

Lifecycle traceability – an important feature of any ALM solution
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Many IT companies these days are faced with short deadlines in which they need to deliver complex software, without compromising on the quality of the finished product. The IT world has become extremely demanding and programmers constantly need to come up with ways to deliver their projects in time and within budget. To this extent, Application Lifecycle Management has offered organizations an invaluable help in the entire process of execution and delivering a project. In fact, ALM offers solutions when it comes to coordinating people and processes, planning and changing management, software configuration management, quality management and many others. Furthermore, one of its special features is lifecycle traceability, something that has enabled companies to complete their projects in time and make sure they are delivering exactly what the client asked for. You can find out more about application management products and features that will help you implement this system easier in your company here.

Even though someone inexperienced in this field might think that this feature is not very important, the truth is that traceability will prove extremely helpful in the entire software development lifecycle. This feature essentially helps you understand what everyone else on the team is doing. For instance, while the requirements responsible knows what requirements have been written, he might still need to know if a specific requirement has been completed or if it is about to begin. Furthermore, lifecycle traceability will answer important questions such as:

  • Have all the requirements been tested?
  • What defects have been reported and against which requirements?
  • What changes have been made?
  • Can we speed builds?
  • What has changed and needs to be tested?
  • Can we pass audit?

Basically, each team member will permanently know what the other members are doing and how that will impact what they have to do next. You can read more about software application management and development on this page. Here are a few details regarding the main do’s and don’ts of traceability:

  • Avoid offering reports that can become outdated very soon and thus will not actually provide any useful information regarding the project. In stead, you can use reports that will enable other team members to asses the state of the project and adjust their tasks accordingly;
  • Avoid doing traceability just for the sake of it as it will only slow down the project. Put yourself in the shoes of your team and anticipate the questions you might receive;
  • Try not to choose a single ALM repository, but a solution that can support flexible and open integrations.

Traceability is what can enable a team to work better together and permanently be in touch with every decision someone makes. In software development, every change made influences the entire project, so it is understandable why being able to know what changes have been made, makes a difference in the success of that project. Visit this page to read more about application development and testing.

This feature improves the collaboration between team members, something vital in the final outcome of the project. When traceability misses from the ALM, the project is often times delayed and various bugs can appear in the process. The good news is that there are specialized tools on the market that can help programmers improve their work efficiency and thus develop software that rise to the standards of their clients and can perform as expected. The entire purpose of Application Lifecycle Management is to coordinate people, processes and information and enable them to deliver projects in time, without any problems and traceability is one of the most important features of this solution.