From turntables to iPods - Should agile teams give ALM tools another look?
Some might well find it strange that agile teams responsible for producing sophisticated software often rely on whiteboards and sticky notes to organize, manage and analyze their own critical data. Those who have struggled with the cost and complexities of past generations of application lifecycle management (ALM) tools, however, understand the rationale behind this only too well.
Much like hi-fi enthusiasts, though, who for sound reasons remained loyal to their collection of vinyl records after the advent of CD’s, agile adherents may find that now is a good time to reconsider the move from analog to digital. Today’s ALM tools have been built with agile in mind and, like an iPod, can provide an effective combination of features, convenience, flexibility and value. However, the question remains: will such tools enhance or hinder a team’s ability to get the most out of the agile experience?
Kevin Fox, Java Practice Lead for ICC
Has come to view both an iPod and an ALM tool as indispensable parts of his job. The ability to access his music library and his teams from wherever he is has become more necessity than luxury. Having effectively championed the use of IBM Rational Team Concert by teams in ICC’s Development Center and at client sites, he fully understands the challenges and the benefits involved in implementing ALM. Drawing on practical, first-hand experience in applying ALM to agile, Kevin will facilitate a discussion on the role such tools can play for agile teams.
11:30am - 12:00pm - members gather to chat and network & eat lunch
12:00pm - 12:45pm - presentation and Q&Q
12:45pm - 1:00pm follow up questions, and questions for the presenter