Two Must Haves in Development
March 20, 2013

Two Must-Haves in Development Tools for Remote Teams

Requirements Management
Application Lifecycle Management

The Rise of Distributed Development Teams

Many companies have distributed development teams

In fact, most people we talk to have multiple locations spread out across the globe. And we always ask how those locations interact with one another.

Does Each Location Have Its Own Team?

Or are teams built with developers from multiple locations?

Most often, they're piecing together teams from multiple locations based on the skills and experience needed to complete a project. 

And this is a good thing.

Distributed development teams are often more diverse, with more experience and expertise.

However, there are challenges with distributed development teams. And having the right tools can solve these challenges.

Two Must-Haves in Tools for Remote Teams

Collaborative Requirements Gathering

I'm not even sure Microsoft Word works for co-located teams. And it definitely does not work for distributed teams.

Gathering requirements is a group effort. And emailing Word documents leads to a trainwreck.

After a couple failed requirement development cycles, distributed teams get frustrated. A document or update gets lost in someone's inbox. Multiple people update the same document and overwrite each other's work. Or a critical stakeholder spends half a day reviewing an out-of-date requirements document.

That's when it's time to turn to a requirements management tool, such as Helix RM. Helix RM is a central repository for all requirements. It's a single source of truth.

And that makes it easy for distributed development teams to: 

  • Gather requirements.
  • Review requirements.
  • Execute on requirements.

Not sure if you need a new requirements management tool?

10 Signs You Need a new tool

Project Visibility

Managing projects isn't easy. And ensuring everything stays on schedule is a big endeavor for any team larger than two people.

Many project managers have nightmares from time spent tracking down and nagging everyone on the team for a progress report.

It's not a fun task for anyone. That's when it's time to turn to an ALM tool that provides visibility across projects. 

Using a tool, such as Helix ALM, makes it easy to:

  • Understand requirements.
  • Know test coverage status.
  • Identify areas that need attention.

And that's by creating traceability matrix reports.

How to Create a Traceability Matrix

Collaborate Better With Helix ALM

Helix ALM makes it easy for distributed development teams to collaborate across projects.

You'll be able to collaborate on requirements, tests, and bugs. And you can even collaborate on these items in Slack (via the Slack integration). 

Plus, you'll always know the status of your project, including:

  • Which requirements have been met.
  • How many tests have passed (and failed).
  • What bugs still need to be fixed

See for yourself how Helix ALM makes it easy to collaborate.

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