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Effective ALM through VSTS. Presentation given to Microsoft Executive Round Table in Pune
EffectiveApplication Lifecycle Management
…the marriage of business management to software engineering made possible by tools that facilitate and integrate requirements management, architecture, coding, testing, tracking, and release management
Better customer satisfaction
They don’t need this fancy stuff! They just talk to each other!
Then why do we need it?
Let’s Dig Deeper
Mayur, Chief Architect
I need “Class Design, Database Schemas, Deployment Constraints…
…there’s just so much I needed to document and share with the team!”
Namita, Project Lead
“Mayur also gave a good work breakdown to me to start off with!
The real challenge was making sure we stay on track with the schedules…”
Rakesh, Senior Developer
“Namita always asked me to ensure we didn’t have any broken builds!
I needed to set up a good release management process in place”
Harsha, Member of the Review Board
“Code quality and adherence to best practices were very critical to me!”
Swati, QA Lead
“I wanted to make sure we produced a high quality product. I needed to ensure good test coverage, effective unit testing and smart bug tracking”
“I was working on requirements analysis, and I needed to share my findings with the rest of the team!”
Amruta and Mahavir, Developers
“We were all geared up for action… but with all the instructions to follow, and status updates to give, would we ever get down to work?”
Rahul, Project Manager
I need “How are we doing with respect to the schedule? Are we fixing the right bugs with the right priority? Is the design document updated? What are our productivity numbers?....
For me, it was all about reports. Hundreds of them!”
Rose, Clearquest, SVN, Clearcase, Sharepoint, Outlook, Bugzilla, Excel, Project, Visio, Test Complete, Silk, QTP…
But these tools didn’t talk to each other…
…it was still a lot of manual work!
Even stand-up meetings were expensive!
Rs 9,60,000 per year!for 4 persons, one hour a day
Visual Studio Team SystemBringing it all together….
“Won’t work for me…”
Customize. Customize. Customize.
Minutes, Milestones, Review Records, Bugs, Audit Records, Appraisals – they are all work items in a common database
Complete traceability and cross referencing across the entire project life cycle
Code Review Check list
Make sure reviewers know the guidelines!
All the reports you want, when you want them – scheduled or on demand. Say bye to all that last minute data gathering before the meeting!
We all love Agile!
Your Project Portal – start collaborating from day one
Integrate with 3rd party systems and tools – we know you need to, and we’ve done it before!
VSTS at Persistent
Over 1000 users, over 100 teams
Project teams working out of half a dozen locations, seamlessly
Standardized project portals and metrics
Integration with MIS systems
Consulting for partners and customers on VSTS adoption and customization
THE ALM Mantra
Thou shall automate
Thou shall integrate
Thou shall consolidate
Why ALM investments fail…
Tools are overly complicated or too simple
Tools that adapt your process, not to it!
Inability to integrate
Lack of internal training
Lack of buy-in!