ThoughtWorks Studios offers ALM for agile projects

Product features integrations between three flagship technologies: Mingle, Twist, and Cruise

ThoughtWorks Studios, the products division of the ThoughtsWorks consulting firm, is integrating three flagship products to produce an ALM (application lifecycle management) platform for agile software development projects.

The company's Adaptive ALM product, being introduced Monday, integrates Mingle, for project management; Twist, for test automation; and Cruise, for release management.

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Users, ThoughtWorks said, get an automated solution supporting software development and delivery stages, including requirements definition, portfolio management, test automation, quality assurance. and release management. With the release, the company looks to surpass Microsoft and IBM Rational offerings. Agile programming involves developing software in short iterations and getting ongoing feedback from planned users of the application, enabling more flexibility than the traditional waterfall methodology.

"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," said Cyndi Mitchell, ThoughtWorks Studios managing director, in a statement released by the company.

The software is designed to adapt to customer dynamics and characteristics and helps remove operational silos, ThoughtWorks Studios said. New and existing processes can be incorporated.

Visibility is offered into projects for both management and development teams.  Tracking and prioritization of business objects is enabled as well. Business value can be tracked throughout a development lifecycle through project history, a shared virtual project wall, auditable deployments, and traceable story transitions, while business requirements serve as test specifications, ThoughtWorks Studios said.

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