PRLog - Oct. 30, 2012 - Every software development process involves various methodologies before it is developed and made usable. Some of those models are Waterfall model, Iterative model, Incremental model, Agile model and Prototype model. Of all these the most common used process in developing software and Software Tools is the Agile Process as this is based on iterative and incremental development taking into account the urgent requirement or development changes needed anytime during the process.
To manage this process we can use many Agile tools. The simplest one is an Excel where one can put the records as per the change in requirement in the process. However, it is not an effective tool for maintaining process such as Agile. To name few Tools supporting Agile method are:
Rally, ScrumWorks, Xplanner, Mingle, PlannerPoker, Acunote, SilverCatalyst, C ardmeetings and many more. These tools increases IT productivity, enabling users and customers to experience custom application development. This results in the software product more responsive to business user requests and minimize application backlog with the resources already in use. These Agile Tools also ensure high flexibility by providing the developers a flat cost of change during the entire development process, thereby allowing continuous evolvement of the product to get more value of the IT investment.
High productivity and flexibility are great for any tool but it can become an issue if there is no control on it. Agile Tools help control the full life cycle of web application development. It natively provides required meta-data repository, as well as functionality needed to support the configurations, versions, build, management and all component dependencies across multiple environments.
Some important and efficient way for efficiency and quality software product developed using Agile Tools are:
Project Management: Involves project planning, tracking of schedule, progress with billing and resources allocation.
Requirement management: Involves conceives, analyze, prioritize, manage and track all requirements.
Iteration management: Keeps iteration in control using down chart and velocity graph.
Release management: Involves Plan, Track, delivery, timelines and manage goals.
Day planning and tracking: Inviolves Create, assign, and reassign tasks on daliy basis.
Integrated TimeSheet: Timesheet is integrated into the project and no separate effort is required.
Invoicing : is done for Cost calculation and rate assignments to roles.
Issue management: Defects can be created and marked against user stories. Tasks are created under defect and finally the Tool easily tracks those defects.
Communication management: Agile tool does away with internal emails completely and stores all project communications with external emails.
Documentation management: Stores all project/organization documents along with the project or task at hand.
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