In his CM: the Next Generation series, Joe Farah gives us a glimpse into the trends that CM experts will need to tackle and master based upon industry trends and future technology challenges.
Look at these features: lower costs, less effort, mature process, and productivity. In a small business, or a small team with a small budget. These aren't just nice-to-have features, they're life savers. They allow you to do the same as larger teams, but without a major investment in dollars or time. If you run, or have run a small team, wouldn't you agree?
Some of you, I'm sure, are still not convinced. If so, I'll wager you haven't yet ventured into a real 3G solution: a small-IT, big-value ALM suite. The pace of CM/ALM advances probably doesn't suggest that you have to look at technology that often, but perhaps the time is now, especially if you're running a small project, or even a big project with a small team.
So the next generation of CM and ALM processes and tools change the game for small teams. It's no longer a question of what parts of the ALM process we cut out or ignore. Instead, it's how can I compete against a Goliath competitor.