Last week CloudShare joined the 2014 Build Conference in San Francisco. If you have never been to the conference, I recommend it. It is a great way for developers to find out what is new in the Microsoft Dev Tools world, meet with Peers to solve real world problems, and get up to speed on modern day trends. Like one of this years themes, DevOps.
At CloudShare we are working agile. Every 2 weeks we have a new version deployed to production. One of the advantages of such short iteration is the ability to get very early feedback from customers or from our customer facing colleagues.
However, we sometime want to get this feedback before the version is deployed. Our developers want to get validation from the product manager before QA start to run their tests. Or sometime we even want that of our customer facing persons will discuss a specific feature or UI with the customer itself, before the feature is done.
Too often, current application lifecycle management (ALM) practices are cumbersome to the point that they slow down the development process. The tremendous number of variables in the ALM process makes software development work resource intensive and difficult to manage. How can we make this better?
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