An agile solution can be used to implement various tools necessary in a distributed development scenario. Configurability is an important element, since the solution needs to be extended and further configured to incorporate any organizational needs which may be beyond pre-defined methodology definitions. The agile solution needs to support artifacts, entities and objects including projects, releases, sprints, product backlogs, daily scrum meetings, test cases, issues/changes. Therefore an agile solution needs to have the ability to deal with multiple project release, capture all major meeting aspects, engage in optimized traceability relations and integrate visual issues, process designs and handle implementations.
Effective application lifecycle management solutions should not require too much product support and maintenance
. Therefore such agile solutions need to be able to selectively import from various sources including previous projects. Managing backlogs and entities is an important step since these backlog items are assigned to different users independent of their locations, therefore agile solutions should allow for user access from anywhere anytime. Additionally it should also offer ways to manage tools and categorize high level requirements optimally. An efficient agile solution can also offer best change management solution
that can allow users and project members to enter various Backlogs as Issues/ defects/ change and enhancement requests. Also it should allow for routing of these items through appropriate workflows based on the backlog types. Risks management is also an important feature of such an agile solution, wherein risks can be entered, tracked and related to backlog Items.
The solution should support planning and allow for best traceability view by which users can get a complete visibility to all the artifacts that are linked to one another which eventually would facilitate in either tracing forward or backward starting from any particular artifact. The solution should also account for discussion-threads that allows one to capture a complete history of the decision making process. It should support multi-threaded discussions in terms of Contextual Comments and offer a built-in comments section that can be exposed to the users via system pre-defined or custom defined forms. This section enables users to carry out multi-threaded discussions in the context of each Backlog. A drag-and-drop graphical designer in the agile solution can offer numerous benefits including better design, implementation, enforcement and automation. Such a solution will ensure that tasks will be automatically created for one or more users based on roles they play. Also it will ensure that when the tasks are completed the process creates a new set of tasks for a new set of users. These are the prerequisites for an optimized agile solution that will ensure best process management.