Streamline application development & deliver mission-critical software
Organizations that develop in-house software realize how challenging it is to deliver high-performance, reliable
and mission-critical software while keeping an eye on time and budget. The more complex an application is, the harder
it becomes to organize work between the development team members.
Modern applications require modern methods, processes and tools.
In our business, there are no off-the-shelf applications that meet our needs. Hence, we develop our own software.
In the absence of an Application Lifecycle Management practice, our team was not able to deliver mission-critical
solutions. Sharper Software helped us implement ALM and increased the number and quality of applications we delivered.
Application Lifecycle Management Challenges
Application Lifecycle Management requires a solution that is capable of addressing the following needs:
- Effectively capture the business challenges, objectives and requirements.
- Efficiently distribute work among development team members.
- Automate and/or manually test the applications with the ability to capture test results.
- Track work in progress, bugs, issues, risks, requirements, etc.
- Provide extensive reporting and insights on the progress of projects.
- Manage software releases.
Our ALM Implementation Approach
Skill Gap Analysis
Our team helps you understand how ready are you to adapt to Application Lifecycle Management practices. We start with
your own team by assessing their skills and comparing this to other organizations and best practices. The outcome of this
step is a Skills Gap Analysis Report.
The Skills Gap Analysis Report is then used to recommend roles and responsibilities of your team members. You can decide
to assign or reassign these roles as your business requires. At this stage, your team members will know their roles and
There are several industry-standard Application Lifecycle Management Processes. Examples are: Waterfall, Agile, CMMI,
SCRUM, etc. Yet again, these processes may not apply or may not be relevant to your organization. Our team will work
with you to decide which one of these processes is the closest to your needs. If the chosen Methodology does not
match your requirements, our team will work with you to design a custom methodology for your organization.
Team Foundation Server (TFS) Implementation
Our ALM tools of choice are Visual Studio Enterprise for your team members and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server for
the server side. Our team will work your resources to install and configure TFS on-premise. Furthermore, an ALM Process
Template will be developed based on the designed ALM Process. Visual Studio Enterprise will be installed on every team
member's computer and configured to connect to and use the services of TFS. At this stage, your team will have the
necessary tools to practice ALM.
SharperSkills® TFS Training
Your team will need to be trained on how to use the features and capabilities of TFS. We offer a hands-on, no-slides,
practical training on TFS called SharperSkills® TFS Training. It's a 5-day, instructor-led training.
This training uses a Virtual Machine equipped with all the software necessary to work on TFS. Every attendee of this
training will get a copy of this virtual machine, as well as a full-color printed User's Manual.