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ThoughtWorks Studios Introduces Adaptive ALM(TM) for Agile Application Lifecycle Management
[August 17, 2009]

ThoughtWorks Studios Introduces Adaptive ALM(TM) for Agile Application Lifecycle Management

SAN FRANCISCO and BANGALORE, India, Aug 17, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ThoughtWorks Studios, ( a global leader in Agile application lifecycle management (ALM) and software development tools, today announced Adaptive ALM(TM), a new solution to help organizations streamline and automate the entire Agile software development lifecycle. Using Adaptive ALM, development organizations realize new levels of visibility and flexibility to better manage a wide range of software development methodologies and incorporate engineering best practices that drive productivity and quality.

"Many traditional 'ALM' tools focus on project management and require end-users to adhere to the dynamics of the tool, rather than the tool adapting to an organization's processes and practices," said Cyndi Mitchell, managing director for ThoughtWorks Studios. "Adaptive ALM allows teams to use their chosen development methods, while supporting engineering best practices that are vital to the successful development of sophisticated and mission-critical software projects." ThoughtWorks Studios, the products division of the industry leading Agile consultancy ThoughtWorks(R), developed Adaptive ALM through the integration of its three flagship products, Mingle(R) (project management), Twist(R) (test automation) and Cruise(R) (release management). The result is a fully automated solution that supports all aspects of a software development and delivery lifecycle, from requirements definition and portfolio management to test automation, quality assurance and release management.

ThoughtWorks Studios development tools are currently used by hundreds of customers in more than 20 countries. Using Mingle as the management hub for globally distributed and cross functional teams, Adaptive ALM delivers the following benefits for Agile-based development: -- Stakeholder Visibility - provides both management and development teams with real-time visibility across the development lifecycle to more accurately manage and adapt to changing environments.

-- Requirements Management - supports greater efficiency and timely capture, management, prioritization and tracking of business objectives.

Helps teams at every point in the development lifecycle build to exact customer specifications.

-- Traceability and Accountability - allows teams to track business value throughout the development lifecycle through detailed project history at the story level, shared virtual project wall, auditable deployments and traceable story transitions.

-- Quality Management - manages quality driven software development from requirements gathering to development and release. Enables business requirements to serve as test specifications and provide automation of test suites and routine test deployments.

-- Test Automation and Deployment Management - provides team control and visibility into test and release processes, with fully automated test suites that evolve with the application. This cross-functional automation improves collaboration and quality-driven deployments, ensuring the delivery of high-quality software with intended business value.

ALM with Agility Based on more than 16 years of experience building and delivering some of the world's most successful and sophisticated Agile implementations, all ThoughtWorks Studios software is designed to adapt to customer dynamics and characteristics. This flexible, "work as you like" approach to building out a complete ALM program promotes the use of both new and existing processes and best practices across the enterprise. The solution provides developers and business team members with a holistic set of tools that work in harmony to deliver real-time collaboration and visibility. It helps remove operational silos and, through cross-functional automation, effectively meet strategic business objectives regardless of changing parameters.

"Our experience shows us that 'Agile-in-a-box' products, and focusing primarily on project management practices alone, does not guarantee Agile success," says Mitchell. "Adaptive ALM helps manage change and improves certainty of business outcome through collaboration and engineering best practices, like continuous integration, automated testing and refactoring, to help our customers minimize defects, eliminate waste, improve responsiveness and, ultimately, release better software faster." About ThoughtWorks Studios ThoughtWorks Studios is a global leader in Agile ALM and software development tools. Its products are used by organizations as a foundation for sustainable Agile adoption, where project management, automation and engineering best practices are required. The company's Adaptive ALM solution provides a platform for managing all aspects of the software development lifecycle, from requirements definition and project management to test automation, quality assurance and release management. The three products that make up Adaptive ALM, Mingle (project management) Twist (test automation) and Cruise (release management), are available as an integrated solution or as stand-alone products. Backed as an independent division of ThoughtWorks, the pioneering leader in Agile development and best-practices, ThoughtWorks Studios customers include 3M, Barclays, BBC, eBay, Honeywell, McGraw-Hill, Rackspace and Vodafone. It is headquartered in San Francisco and Bangalore, with offices in London and select cities in Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, please visit

Media Contact: Christie Denniston Catapult PR-IR Office: 303-581-7760 Mobile: 303-827-5164 [email protected] SOURCE ThoughtWorks Studios

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