Jeff Downs, Tasktop
As Agile becomes commonplace, QA organizations are facing new challenges with their tooling. Traditional test management tools are still very effective and necessary but QA teams also need to use Agile tools to track their tasks and stories. Agile QA teams are spending more time bouncing between their multi-vendor test management, agile, defect management and requirement tools. The result is wasted time, poor collaboration and limited traceability.
Similar to how functional test automation reduces costs and improves time to market, automating the flow of data between disconnected Test Management and Agile tools can have similar positive impacts within an organization. Software Lifecycle Integration (SLI) is an emerging discipline within Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) focused on delivering a connected software delivery lifecycle. This discipline emerged from the need for organizations to connect their disconnected software delivery disciplines to increase productivity and quality and reduce cycle times, coupled with the reality that software delivery will always include a collection of tools and different disciplines.