How Project Managers use ALM Tools

Project managers play a different role at just about every company and there are countless types of ever-evolving methodologies they follow. With DevOps and scrum taking over, project management methodologies have become more entwined with the development process.

Companies utilizing application lifecycle management ALM tools, however, give project managers fairly defined objectives. The project manager will oversee virtually every activity and task taking place during the application’s lifecycle.

Planning Requirements

Project managers will meet with management, developers, investors and anyone else involved in determining the product’s intended functionality. They will aggregate ideas and communicate them with the parties involved. After determining overall goals, project managers will determine feasibility regarding objectives and schedules to determine a timeline.

The elected requirements and processes will be organized by the project manager.  They will input tasks, goals and deadlines into their ALM suite and distribute work accordingly. This phase of the agile methodology will rely heavily on project managers to fit every necessary task into the desired timetable while distributing work equally.

Managing Operations Objectives

Throughout the development process, project managers will meet periodically with members of every team involved. Many will organize daily scrum objectives, while others will monitor task completion and manage the evolving development efforts.

Most project managers will need to translate development progress into business English for management and investors. They will explain how project goals have mirrored the designed timeline.

Project managers will also have to reorganize procedures at times, through ALM software. Often, features will be eliminated while other goals are added. This pushes the difficult task of recalculating timelines and redistributing work onto project managers.

Test Management

Project managers will often oversee both software test management and user application testing. The former will revolve around build effectiveness and functionality while the latter will focus on communicating user feedback with management and developers.

Test automation will mirror development in many ways. The project manager will continue overseeing tasks and managing the team’s schedule.

User testing can be a bit more complicated. User feedback may force project managers to reconsider requirements, but it could also cement the team’s original ideas. Project managers will have to decide the changes necessary while explaining to executives what to expect upon a functional release.

Quality Control

Once the application is launched, quality control becomes the main objective for project managers. The team has completed the product’s development, and the market has reacted to its release. Failures will force managers to organize teams, hoping to add additional functionality or general product updates.

Other hiccups in the product’s performance will force project managers to alter day-to-day task management plans. They will communicate with quality assurance engineers and executives to tackle both significant changes and minor necessary updates until the product is no longer publically available.

ALM Suites

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