As you can see, having an ALM infrastructure in the clouds can further reduce the time spent by an agile team on tool support, because it reduces infrastructure and technology debt. The team only uses the amount of ALM tooling that it needs. Keep in mind that agile ALM in the clouds could be built by an external vendor or could be built or hosted internally within a company so that teams can take advantage of this common service and have more time to build customer value.
The marriage of ALM within a value chain and agile framework can be a powerful combination. This integrated framework strongly emphasizes customer value and validation, using iterative and incremental steps to continuously build, validate, and adapt. This ALM framework allows a product team to manage and trace customer value throughout the lifecycle. Additionally, having this agile ALM “in the clouds”—whether externally or internally through a service provider—allows the team to almost totally focus on building business value. If your organization has adopted agile and you are looking at building your ALM framework, consider an infrastructure and tooling that will help you establish and build customer value throughout the lifecycle.
See Part 1 of this two-part series at Agile ALM for Delivering Customer Value: Getting Started
Infrastructure—On-premises or in the Clouds, by Mario E. Moreira in the November 2009 edition of the “Agile Journal.”