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Application Lifecycle Management

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with us, the IT department! Because we
focus on three success factors.“

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Application Lifecycle Management

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Application Lifecycle Management

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Success factor no. 1
Converting business needs into value

Digitization is ushering in a number of deep changes in many companies – changes that affect business processes and models as well as products. IT departments need to respond with new and adjusted systems faster than ever before. The goal is clear: To identify the business needs and to turn them into value for the stakeholders and the company. This requires communication, cooperation and mutual understanding between business and the IT department, which in turn presupposes that the pathway from the needs phase to the final IT system or product is transparent to and traceable for all participants. You can achieve this with systematic Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). objectiF RPM is perfectly suited to help you with all of that.

Your stakeholders‘ goals and requirements drive the application lifecycle – the requirements are derived from the business needs analysis. With objectiF RPM you can use requirements engineering models to analyze stakeholders and their goals, partition the system, define requirements and develop solutions – or you can take a text-based approach with forms – it’s your choice. The transparency and traceability of your results provide the underlying real-time repository with its numerous query- and evaluation options. Integrated version and configuration management for all artefacts in the application lifecycle make the project activities revision safe.

Goals, requirements, use cases, test cases, test plans, test runs, test results, user stories, issues, work packages, milestones, releases, sprints etc. – the list of artefact types that objectiF RPM acknowledges in the application lifecycle is long. And it can get even longer with your own artefact types because adaptability and expandability are special features that objectiF RPM offers.

Features you might also like:

  • UML/SysML diagrams for requirements and system architecture
  • Generating documents from diagrams and artefacts at the click of a button
  • Evaluating requirements and their current status live
  • Glossary of common terms in the project
  • Projekt guide for your project agreements

Success factor no. 2
Agile or classical? You have options in your planning and controlling process

Agile or classical, scrum or waterfall – you can make the choice on a case by case basis or you could even adjust the decision in relation to your current phase in the application lifecycle. Is your organization one that prefers agile development or one that conducts its planning and sales with a classical approach? Or do you build embedded systems and take an agile approach to software development while sticking to a waterfall model in your hardware development? If you have to deal with these or similar scenarios then you require flexible project management support – all of which you can find in objectiF RPM.

Whether you prefer an agile release and you want to go with sprint planning that utilize backlogs and user story boards or if you like the classical project planning approach with activities and milestones, you have both possibilities with objectiF RPM and can combine them according to your needs. The different approaches to planning the staff workload in agile and conventional projects are also supported, as is the development of staff workloads and the process of revealing resource conflicts.

objectiF RPM is synonymous with easy planning. You can use stored templates to create a release – and sprint activities for a set time period that can automatically be integrated into a Gantt depiction of the project plan. Using patterns is not limited to agile planning. You can create workflows from activities and artefacts that recur in your projects. You can dynamically adapt workflows with the help of project characteristics. Consequently, it is possible to tailor your approach in the course of a project.

Stakeholders want to know what you’re getting and when, sponsors need statements about the performance of the organization. Answers give state-based evaluations of the requirements and agile metrics – beginning with sprint-related burn up charts and extending all the way through to agile earned-value analyses. One of objectiF RPM’s strengths is making the project progression visible to all interested parties.

Features you might also like:

  • Dashboards with performance indicators (current and planned costs, production value etc.)
  • Road map of all your projects in your organization
  • Generating network plans
  • Planning with staff pools
  • Integrated time-logging

Success factor no. 3
Scaling and distribution: Dynamically adapting the project organization

Quick feedback, visible project progress, flexible handling of requirements and priorities – would you like to use advantages of agile development in large projects? Then you need a way of scaling agile development processes. It’s the technique with the lowest overhead costs, it allows several teams to be in play – all of whom can work independently as far as possible – but they all can work in synchronized sprints. objectiF RPM offers appropriate support as well as the flexibility you require.

Whether you start with several teams or you increase the number of team members over time, objectiF RPM offers you the necessary flexibility to scale your project. With a specific template you can create everything you need for an additional team in a single step: starting with the team backlog and proceeding all the way through to team-related metrics. The project plan will automatically be extended for every new team. You have planning views available to you for the release planning with several teams and for the sprint planning for individual teams. Remember: every team has their own user storyboards for their internal organization. Do you want to use a different framework to scale your agile projects? With objectiF RPM you can develop your own templates in order to do so.

Many companies cannot find the all the expertise they need for a project in a single location. objectiF RPM offers you several options for organizing project work. Project participants without access to LAN can use their browser to work on the central real-time repository of the project. Or you can run objectiF RPM completely in the Amazon web services cloud.

If you want to exchange artefacts among decentralized teams, but do not want to allow direct access to your project for organizational reasons, then you can use the export/import functionality or the rest API by objectiF RPM. If your focus is on exchanging artefacts with other tools, then the following are available to you: ReqIF interfaces, an Excel-Export-/Import as well as JIRA Push&Pull Rest APIs. A diverse array of technical possibilities is typical for objectiF RPM.

Features you might also like:

  • The central administration of requirements and artefacts belonging to the application lifecycle
  • User-based project templates for a unified approach
  • Task manager for the time-sensitive automatic execution of commands
  • Use in on-premise software or as SaaS

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Application lifecycle management with requirements engineering and project planning.

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