In today’s highly competitive business environment, quality of the product plays a key role in the survival of any enterprise. Hence, the software product development is carried out in a distributed environment to leverage the benefits offered by multiple geographic locations. Distributed software development helps in developing a best in class product that has a competitive edge over its competitors. However,with software development operations being carried out in different locations, there is the need of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to streamline the distributed operations.
In the embedded Agile software development space, technology innovation is driving rapid changes. For instance, an Agile and Scrum-based method for distributed software R&D is supported by a collaborative platform and frameworks to enable rapid product lifecycle management.This combination of methodology and state-of-the-art product lifecycle management tools overcomes the challenges of working across a distributed environment to deliver high-quality products while accelerating timelines and reducing development costs by up to 30%.
This method enables clients to balance innovation, cost, time-to-market and product quality by relying on three strong pillars namely well-defined roles, artifacts and communication models. Its emphasis on incremental development helps to quickly adapt to changing requirements while maintaining product quality and successfully meeting launch deadlines. The teams work in short, time-boxed cycles resulting in a fully tested, potentially shippable product each time. This approach enables clients to present a working demo to their customers and gather valuable feedback that will fine-tune the software product development process. Here is a look at some of the significant aspects of this method thus making it different from other lifecycle management processes.
· Structures team communications around short meetings and a more disciplined utilization of tracking
and wiki systems
· Utilizes a cost-effective suite of integrated tools to provide complete visibility and traceability
· Creates more in-depth product requirements and design processes
· Builds cross-functional teams to avoid dependence on a specific team member
· Utilizes more automation and asynchronous steps for the design and code review processes
· Includes product maintenance and support processes to cover the complete product lifecycle
· Ensures simple implementation by wrapping existing engineering practices (e.g., Extreme Programming,
· Provides consistency and product stability through clearly documented work practices
· Checks the code base into a common repository to enable various teams / members to build incrementally
· Defines an automated functional testing framework early to enable regression
This Agile and Scrum-based method when combined with excellent Agile lifecycle management tools bring more benefits.