ALM: Phase 1 - Planning

Updated: Apr 15, 2019

Back at it again on this wonderful Thursday!

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Now that I got that out of the way, let me just do a quick recap from last week! For the next few weeks, I want to do a series on Application Lifecycle Management(ALM). ALM is closely related to project, software and testing process while differing in their own unique ways. The ALM process in its entirety is very detailed and can become very intricate, however, I plan to keep things high level for summary purposes of this article.


After a project has been approved and accepted through necessary measures, the first step in the phase is Planning. One part in planning, depending on your role in the organization, may be coming up with the requirement specifications or gather them from the owner. (Note: The owner is referred to as the individual that is requesting a change to be done). Most times the owner of a project is the customer. The second part of this planning process, is deciding on resources, systems and the processes.


Having a Project Manager to assist with projects would be ideal but the resource may not always be available. Below you will find some great questions that the owner (customer) should be able to answer during the planning process:


What is this project about?

Has this project previously been executed?

What are the goals and objectives of this project?

Who will be impacted by this project?

Who needs to be involved to properly execute this project?

What is the scope of this project?

What are the possible risk and issues that may take place with this project?

What is the deadline of this project and any constraints?

What is the benchmark for success of this project?

Who is the point of contact for this project?


The list can go on and on! But those are some great starter question to start driving the planning process. It is imperative to make sure that everything is well documented and all necessary individuals are a part of the planning process. Later down the road, you may run into an issue that could have been avoided which is okay (we will talk about lessons learned towards the end of this series). The important thing is to cover as much as you can and be very detailed as possible when discussing the project during the planning stage.


Also keep in mind that it may take several meetings to iron out all the possibilities of execution and resources needed…. Patience is a virtue! Until next week!


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