Disjointed tools have overwhelmed application lifecycle. It has transformed the way software is built through Agile methods. Evolving number of disjointed tools demand a new kind of infrastructure to plan the software development process around it. Here comes Software Lifecycle Integration that is an emerging discipline within the Application Lifecycle Management and DevOps. It enables every member of extended software development and delivery team can choose the tools which make them more productive and reduce cycle times.
Implementation of software lifecycle integration provides a set of common data models and architectural patterns to different teams of the software development to work upon. Apart from development, it provides a backbone to the physical process of software delivery by adding information in a systematic manner. It provides the automated traceability, collaboration, visibility and reporting needs of SDLC. But one should not delay implementation of Software Lifecycle Integration within their SDLC due to the following reasons.
1. Information to Flow
Software delivery is a concatenation of several independent processes. Professionals involved to work upon feasible requirements of software development. The process moves through different development stages like design, coding, quality testing, maintenance, etc. Every process has some guidelines, tools, templates and artifacts and it vary from one team to another and one organization to another. Unfortunately, many organizations do not have any formal description or overall process model that explains how these processes interact.
That’s where a lifecycle integration allows information to flow freely between developers, testers, business analysts, administrators and others. It creates an infrastructure that allows different teams to connect the best offerings in ALM and create a Lean Software Lifecycle, and implement a build-measure-learn loop which connects business ideas to customer deployment, and back again.
2. Promote Collaboration within team
Software development involves team work. Within an agile method, software development and delivery teams require to work in collaboration as they need to think about the whole process of project execution. Software lifecycle integration provides a roadmap and a clear architecture to work upon, that enable the practice of software delivery with individuals and teams such as quality group who tackle software testing, business analyst team who analysis requirements, etc. It also supports new tool adoption and technology usage in fragmented teams to make the job easier and promote holistic process for project execution. It keeps everything of software development in the pipeline since beginning; as a result, reduce gaps and overlaps in development process.
3. Review and Response
Work wouldn’t end once complete product is developed. It needs to review features and components of software product according to ‘requirements’. In order to avail improved status and management reporting, a system of record is required that kept up-to-date information. Implementation of software lifecycle integration into the process of SDLC provides complete visibility over process movements such as Lean Startup, DevOps, and Agile. As a set of record available of every independent process, it becomes easy to re-evaluate the development practices and update its status once fixed.
4. End-to-end reporting and Traceability
Like other business processes, the process of software delivery also requires traceability and reporting. It is crucial to have a report describing the flow, impact, productivity and quality of the software delivery process. It is end-to-end reporting and traceability of the process that support in decision making of modern businesses. Every records and updates of the product development improves understanding of the relationship between the work and its associated artifacts. Management can easily track the progress and can make the informed decisions on completeness and risk within a well-defined compliance framework.
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