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What is Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites?
Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Suites make it possible for all the people and teams involved in developing, testing and deploying software applications to stay on top of the various processes. The application lifecycle is growing faster and more complex with the advent of agile development methodologies, cloud computing and continuous code integration. As apps get more interdependent and the pace of development of each component picks up, there is a reduction in time between the lifecycle stages of develop, test, deploy, modify and retire. As a result, teams need powerful tools to help keep track of what’s going on to keep everything running smoothly.
According to members of IT Central Station, ALM software needs to address both the technological intricacies of development and the organizational aspects of the development process. Users stress the importance of collaboration and communication among team members. They expect Application Lifecycle Management packages to support project management traceability, visibility and stability along with integration with development tools. ALM should also be lightweight and platform agnostic.
ALM users on the site describe the importance of ALM facilitating integration with automation tools. This way, each team can set-up its own delivery pipeline to be run by team members with full visibility for everyone. All project stakeholders have to be able to trace project work, even if they are not on the dev team – or even in the IT department. The new DevOps paradigm means that IT Ops and line of business (LOB) stakeholders may need to instantly see where they are on a project and what is coming up next.
Testing is one of the most discussed uses of ALM on IT Central Station. ALM software suites can provide a centralized location for the testing life-cycle. For testing, ALM users want dashboard integration of release tracking, a test case repository and defect tracking. Users also expect ALM suites to enable customized reporting and versionable, robust backups.
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It allows me to do large team planning operations, where I can do "big room planning" and have all of my Agile teams in one session. We can get through all of our planning through the use of the software. With big room planning, we can get it... more»
It's optimized how our organization runs. We can look across multiple teams, using Scaled Agile Framework Methodology (SAFE), so that we can look at various release trains, and how that then flows up to the overall program budget. Each train... more»
The main area to improve is performance. If they can get that performance improved, they'd be golden. They really need more in the DevOps modeling, and the use of Kanban. Their Kanban area is fairly weak. That's probably the one area of the... more»
One of the features that I like is the discussion thread, that we can subscribe to, if at all, someone wants to discuss something. It has to be in that particular feature or the user story itself, rather than in an email. Thus, one can... more»
The velocity of work that we were doing prior to using CA Agile Central, was not quantitative, i.e., we were not able to quantify how many user story points we had delivered or how much work, we were doing. By using the CA Agile Central tool... more»
The product is really good and there is very little space, as to what needs to improve. The only thing that I can think of is to improve the section of the acceptance criteria, that is located far below the user story description. Sometimes,... more»
Test management and reporting. Those are the two most important things. I tell my customers that the two main reasons they have ALM: * Quality management, project management from a QA perspective - testing, defect management, how testing... more»
When I was a customer, it improved my organization because I was able to manage, to enforce standards on building tests, executing tests, and manage centralized reporting. Now, I translate that over to my customers from various levels of the... more»
I'd like to see the idea of users being flushed out more, so not just, "This defect is now assigned to a particular person," or "This person is assigned to execute a test." I want to see the users expanded out to teams where you have five... more»
It's the most powerful tool to do Agile framework. It's very lightweight, and the tool itself is built based on Agile methodology. My favorite feature is the user interface, how easy it is. And also how the modules are segregated in Octane.... more»
For one, it's the whole Agile framework itself. You're cutting the time, the wait stage, and all that. We wanted a tool. You could do Agile methodology on a whiteboard, by using Post-Its. But practically that is not going to work out because... more»
I can't say, as I'm not completely technical. But we do have someone working with R&D directly. We provide them feedback after they asked us for it. We are meeting once a month with the R&D team. And then we'll send them the list of... more»
One of the key features that we looked for when we were looking at Agile tools was the dashboard - all of the metrics that you can get on-demand, pulling from ALM Quality Center. Test runs and all of that kind of stuff. Also the way the user... more»
Before Agile Manager we had a tool that came with the development tool that we're using. It's a componentized development tool that we bought from a company and it was very much not developed, so there were two fields (name and description)... more»
This one kind of caught us by surprise, and all our evaluations from it doing demos to the team that was going to be using it. The original version that we got, I'm not sure the version number, didn't have the story card print functionality.... more»
The ability to extract data to provide feature and release metrics for our executives and our customer stakeholders is very important. It provides reports on the cycle time from the time that feature requirements are initially defined to when... more»
* By using this extracted data, it provides a real picture, instead of a perceived picture, of the amount of work the team is doing, the time it's taking to get new changes out, ready to put into a user acceptance test area, and production,... more»
* I would like them to give me back the fields I used to have. We lost the release field because they mentored our scaled agile framework trainer to actually use the release field as what I would call a program increment. * We're releasing... more»
I guess the main thing is that it allows us to pull all of our user stories and manage our agile process together for our agile team. It enables us to document our epics and features and user stories all the way down to a fine level.
I work with our business units and they hand over a project to me. Then, I break it down and dissect it at the project level and break out all the features. Then, for each one of the features, I write all the user stories. Then, I coordinate... more»
I'd say that there are a few things to improve. On the main screen, I think it's called the Team Planning screen, it should be able to run a backlog. For example, if I have 300 stories in my backlog, it would be nice to be able to filter... more»
The main ways that I used it when I was in it day to day was keeping up with the burn rate within the teams. Also, to track at the feature level too, as far as how we were doing with actually being able to deliver that feature. So a lot of... more»
It's a good platform to keep track of all the user stories across all projects. So rather than having one off Excel spreadsheets with all of the requirements, it is a good place to have all of that. I think where we as an organization can get... more»
I don't know that I can answer this, because I'm not using it day to day. I'm using CA PPM now, and I know we're looking to integrate Agile Central into CA PPM, which I believe is an option. When I used it before I would say the stronger CA... more»
Director, Service Transition and Quality Management at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Jul 25 2016
What do you think of Micro Focus ALM?
We have a pretty strong emphasis on quality, so ALM is our gold source repository for quality. That's where we store everything, from requirements, test cases, defects, and all of the artifacts around certifying that quality is evident in every release, in every STLC product we produce.
• Room for Improvement
The UI is terrible in the sense that we actually use automation scripts to avoid being in the UI, which is just fascinating, and then the data model.
• Stability Issues
I would say it's stable in the fact that it's up and it works. We have challenges with the data architecture. We're excited about Octane. It has some interesting capabilities, but it's our standard. We're used to using it, so I guess it's the things you want to enhance in it, we're just...
I think what’s great is the ability for teams to really plan at the team level. CA Agile Central does this very well without much overhead. This allows our teams to really focus on the work, as opposed to the administration of the tool. I... more»
It has improved the organization's functions by eliminating time wasted waiting for someone to have a prioritized list on their laptop or on some SharePoint site that to which we then have to get access. All of this is simplified and we're... more»
We have submitted lots of ideas to the Ideas portal, such as milestones. We would like to make sure that that's a first class citizen, if you will. Make it a little bit more robust regarding our API plans. Reporting I think is a big one too,... more»
The most valuable user feature that we use right now is the camera. It allows us to take the test evidence, and it makes it easier for the user, especially the business user, to capture evidence as they test.
For a test management department, and we are highly audited, by the way, it allows us to have a single repository for all our projects where we do tests, as one go-to place for our test evidence. It has a go-to place for us to generate... more»
I have to say I'm not a huge fan of ALM. I think it's the best out of some of the not-so wonderful tools out there. The example that I usually give people is, if you're an IT person and you use a tool, you know that right click always does... more»
Since we went through a series of work changes in the last two years, the most valuable feature is how easy it is to customize it. The ability to customize and change the processes really quickly, so as to respond to what the changes of the... more»
Previously, we had an in-house solution that was very difficult to update and customize. Thus, when we had acquired new businesses that we were working with, we weren't able to add the right type of information that we needed or get the right... more»
It takes a very long time to load and, if you make some small changes, then the whole page has to reload. I know that's a major frustration for a lot of people using the tool. I know that they're constantly updating and providing new... more»
I am most familiar with the Test and Requirements Management functionality, especially Test. I think the data model has stood up well. The UI is easy to train a new tester on, and the dashboard has be a good tool for others wanted "real time"... more»
We migrated from TestLog, Excel and Word documents, and are still partially in transition for requirements. With a significant portion of the QA team offshore a web-based solution was needed. We are able to use the tool very collaboratively... more»
There are some areas where UI is a little week, and some areas where's it's very good. The ability to track, version and display changes to test cases over time is excellent. While the data model for traceability has been solid, I often find... more»
It helps us go to the true DevOps model, which means we can do shorter cycle times. Go from releasing every month, to every day. It's got a nice clean interface that people don't mind using. It integrates into the developers IDEs, like... more»
It's the idea of, how do you share testing microservices across different projects? Today things are separated into different projects. I want to understand what the vision is of how you're supposed to test those across, because everything's... more»
Defect tracking is the one feature that behaves most like I would expect and I have found a good way get it to work for me. The features I use the most are the Test Planning, Test Set, Defect, and Defect Suite functionality. The Project... more»
I use this at a customer’s site. I cannot say for certain it is better than nothing, but I do not know what they were using prior. Generally speaking, I can usually think of a product that functions better than CA Agile Central for the... more»
I have yet to see a section of CA Agile Central that could not benefit from improvement. As I tell people, it ALMOST behaves how you would expect. There are so many twitchy bits that require workaround for the business process to function.... more»
It's currently in proof of concept. Our development team in Prague is using JIRA/Confluence. We're installing Agile Manager to try to convert them into a standard more scalable solution. To me, the difference between what they're using now,... more»
I'm coming from a former company. Standards are critical - a common practice, common solutions - so we don't wind up with pockets of development teams doing their own thing. We have to be very careful with that. From an enterprise... more»
I'm actually looking forward to leveraging more of Octane - on the capability in Octane and knowing that Agile Manager will move into Octane gives me that long term perspective. Octane's important in our environment because of the flexibility... more»
I'm not familiar with all the changes, but they definitely have to be more DevOps friendly. They have to certainly be more open source friendly. That's the world we live in, where we can cut costs away from large-scale vendor contracts and service contracts. The ability to seamlessly integrate and provide more capability for those, managing those infrastructures... more»
It documents stories in a way where we do not have to be heavy on front-end requirements, front-end documentation, and front-end workflows. We are able to create those stories in a more of a just-in time approach. Since we are doing combine... more»
We are very new on agile and Mode 2 devolvement. It has really allowed us to experiment with approaches that we would have been a bit afraid to experience before. So, it has allowed us to try new things and to take risks.
When you copy a story, I would like the attachment to copy with it. This is a big one for us. We do requirements in one sprint, then do development in the next, which still is a little bit of waterfall. So when we copy those requirement... more»
* Sprint tracking + Kanban board (Iteration Status app): Informs me how well we are doing in our sprint, and what is the next part to work on. * Burn-down graph. * List of stories sorted in priority order. * Kanban Board to visualize work in... more»
It provides teams the ability to define, prioritize, and monitor the progress of both their operational and project work. The big win is the fact that we are using the same tool outside of IT. It’s a huge win when your internal customers are... more»
Make it easier to export information outside the tool for additional data visualizations and metrics. The tool does have a REST API, but that requires us to use a developer. The tool does have CSV exports for everything, but that’s a manual... more»
There are a couple things that our company found really good. One is that it’s scalable, and a lot of the other products on the market for us don't scale. We have close to 20,000 people using Agile Central. So that was one of the keys. Within... more»
Agile Central helps in terms of Agile management, especially with our scrum teams. It's designed to be used from an Agile standpoint, so I think the teams that have struggled with it are the ones that aren't really set up for Agile. Agile... more»
We've been asking for a couple of things. A big one for us has been on the administrative side. Again, I'm coming from a very large company so these are the things that are, at that scale, very important to us, such as access. How do we get... more»
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