Agile ALM Keeps you On Track!

The PDSA Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) system is a set of best practices, guidelines, templates and documents which describe and assist you in the many phases of a software project, and the many challenges of running an IT organization. This material is a culmination of many years of experience both here at PDSA and from our observations of how other IT organizations are managed.

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What is Agile?

"Agile" is not a methodology, it is the concepts and philosophy that guides it. The following principles and guidelines are the guidance that PDSA used in developing our ALM process. The PDSA ALM process is our methodology. There are many methodologies in the world today: many very good. The PDSA methodology is called "PDSA Agile ALM" since it is lean, efficient, and practical.

  • Promotes a disciplined project management process
  • Encourages frequent inspection and adaptation (of the process)
  • Encourages a leadership philosophy promoting teamwork, self-organization and accountability
  • Contains a set of engineering best practices that allow for rapid delivery of high-quality software
  • Build customer satisfaction by rapid, continuous delivery of useful software
  • Deliver working software frequently (weeks rather than months)
  • Working software is the principal measure of progress
  • Foster close, daily cooperation between business people and developers
  • Aligns development with customer needs and company goals
  • Make incremental change to the requirements, project plan system, and the resulting artifacts to enable agility
  • Strive for rapid feedback to ensure the project meets the needs of all the participants and stakeholder
  • Manage with a purpose, performing only those tasks that add value to business processes supported by the system
  • Travel light, discarding processes and artifacts that don’t add enduring value to the product — a working software system

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Agile Application Lifecycle Management Guidance

The PDSA Agile ALM provides you with many resources and guidance for implementing processes and procedures in your IT organization. Our product includes over 80 documents and templates to help you implement IT Governance techniques in your organization.

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The The PDSA Agile ALM includes information on the following IT business management process topics:

  • Architecture: In this section of the PDSA Agile ALM you will be given some suggestions on how to configure a standard development environment for all programmers in your shop. This includes installing software on your machine and configuring your development environment. You will also be presented with a decision model on how to choose between creating a web or desktop application.
  • Human Resources Practices: Hiring, firing and managing employees are a difficult process. We have provided you samples of how to place an ad, how to interview, an offer of employment letter and a new hire checklist. We even have a sample employee handbook. The documents that have legal implications, of course, each state varies in what you are allowed or not allowed to do by law, so you may need some legal help in this area.
  • Management Practices: Managing projects, vendors, and employees is a huge undertaking. While we do not have all of the answers here, we have given you some documents and guidelines to follow. We have a sample non-disclosure agreement, how to build a high-performance development team, and how to set roles and responsibilities for your employees.
  • Application Lifecycle Management (ALM): This part of the PDSA Agile ALM describes the many facets of managing a software development project. You will learn the basics of a typical lifecycle and what issues you need to address at each point in the process. You will be presented with documents that describe the Project Management Guidelines you should use, how to gather requirements, and how to put together an estimate. In addition there are documents that describe programming standards, database standards and how to use a source code control system such as Microsoft Visual SourceSafe. You will also be presented with documents on how to perform a code design review and performance review on your application.

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