Oct 28, 2013

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) with Visual Studio 2012: Teams without Barriers

Raghav Pullela

Raghav Pullela

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Now that we have a stage setup about ALM in the broader perspective, now let’s look at how Visual Studio’s ALM solution helps organizations manage the entire lifespan of application development, reduce cycle times, and eliminate waste to enable a continuous flow of business value.


When ALM practices are applied effectively, they break down the barriers between teams, enabling organizations to overcome challenges and deliver high-quality software at a faster rate. Also, companies that use ALM benefit from greater waste reduction, faster cycle times, and greater business agility.


In every software development project, establishing a clear process for collaboration with your users and stakeholders is the best way to ensure delivery of the right end product. Early and frequent iterations lead to a sharper definition of goals and deliverables. Also, scoping our software deliverables into small incremental chunks, rather than one big product, can lead to efficiencies in delivery and communication. In order to achieve all of this, we do need the right tools to express effectively, validate, and capture actionable design ideas.


The Team Foundation Server (TFS) development team successfully supported their agile adoption with Team Foundation Server 2012’s agile planning tools, dramatically improving productivity, reducing risk, and improving code quality.

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Adopting agile practices that integrate teams’ helps deliver high-quality software with speed and agility. All of these practices help to ensure that the acceptance criteria are well defined and collaboratively worked on with the stakeholders, and that the software application is being built with a great vision of meeting that criteria.


Removing the barriers between development and operations to create a virtuous cycle for delivering business value is the key thing in modern software development. Integrate your teams throughout the lifecycle of the application to deliver continuous value and reduce mean-time-to-repair (MTTR).

Coming next in my blog series is Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012 in the Cloud where I will be talking about how Microsoft took TFS to a whole new different level by having it in the cloud which solves several issues right there! Sssshhhh… Let’s not talk more about it now and stay tuned for my next one though!

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