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What Is the Application Development Lifecycle?

The application development lifecycle includes requirements, tests, and issues. It runs continuously up until a product reaches end of life.

But many organizations struggle to effectively manage application development lifecycles. This typically happens if they have a different tool for each element — e.g., requirements in Microsoft Word, test cases in Microsoft Excel, and bugs in Jira.  

Sound familiar? Then you need better application lifecycle management.

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When You Need Help Managing Application Development...

You need application lifecycle management (ALM) to ship quality releases on time.

Without ALM…

You’ll struggle to link requirements to tests and issues. This can cause productivity losses. And if you need traceability for proving compliance, you’ll be in trouble.

It’ll be impossible to get visibility into your project status. You might know what’s going on in some areas of application development. But getting the full picture will be a challenge.

Collaborating across teams — especially teams spread around the world — will be difficult. It’ll practically be a full-time job just to keep everyone on the same page.

An ALM Solution Changes Everything

It’s the only way to get traceability, visibility, and collaboration across development.

ALM Improves Application Development

Whether you’re Waterfall, Agile, or hybrid Agile…

ALM accelerates development and helps you ship quality releases on time. It doesn’t matter whether you use Agile — Scrum, Kanban, XP — or traditional — Waterfall, V-Model, Spiral — development methodologies. ALM is conducive to whatever methodology works best for you.

Managing Application Development: Requirements, Tests, and Bugs

What to Look For in ALM Solutions

ALM solutions make it easier to manage the entire application lifecycle from beginning to end. Here’s what you should look for in an ALM solution.


End-to-End Traceability

Tracing requirements to tests to issues will make your life easier. Traceability is the number one feature you should look for in ALM solutions.

A Simple Path to Compliance

Many industries are heavily regulated, such as medical devices and automotive. If you’re in a regulated industry, prioritize an ALM solution that will help you prove compliance.


Collaboration for Your Team(s)

Multiple teams — possibly spread across the globe — work on your product. Look for an ALM solution that makes it easier for everyone to see the status of everything — and work together more effectively.


Automation for Your Workflows

Managing requirements, tests, and issues manually takes up too much of your team’s valuable time. By adding automation, you’ll free your developers and testers up to focus on the important stuff.


Support for Agile

Is Agile development in your future? It probably is in some form or another. Looking for an Agile ALM solution that will support your development processes today and down the line is a must.

Visibility Across the Lifecycle

The best development toolset is an integrated toolset. You should look for an ALM solution that will play nicely with your existing tools. Then you’ll get visibility across the entire development lifecycle.

You Deserve the Best Application Lifecycle Management Solution

Helix ALM is the best end-to-end ALM solution. Countless development teams trust Helix ALM to get the traceability they need and accelerate release cycles.

Who Uses ALM?

Development teams in every industry use tools to manage their application lifecycles every day. Here are just a few of the industries who benefit from using ALM solutions.


Life Sciences


Embedded Systems





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