Title: Get a grip on your distributed software development with application lifecycle management

Authors: Jukka Kaariainen, Antti Valimaki

Addresses: VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1100, FI-90571, Oulu, Finland. ' Metso Automation Inc, P.O. Box 237, FIN-33101, Tampere, Finland

Abstract: In this paper, we present empirical research where the applicability of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) for the management of distributed software development projects was studied in the context of the automation industry. The research analyses the ALM solutions of the case company against the ALM framework and, further, considers how the solutions meet the functions of the 3C-model. According to our results, ALM can support a distributed project by facilitating communication, cooperation and coordination. In our case, a central ALM database with common processes and tools enabled central orchestration for the software projects that operated in a global development environment.

Keywords: ALM; application lifecycle management; distributed software development; global software development; agile software development; Scrum; distributed projects.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2011.039139

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2011 Vol.40 No.3, pp.181 - 190

Published online: 18 Mar 2011 *

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