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IBM Rational Team Concert 2 Essentials

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IBM Rational Team Concert 2 Essentials

Overview of this book

Software development is a collaborative effort needing active and timely input and response from all its members. Every day, project managers face ever-increasing pressures to produce high-quality software with increasing constraints. With IBM's Rational Team Concert collaborative software delivery environment, you can tremendously improve the productivity of your entire team through a web-based user-interface, continuous builds, a customizable process with work support, team support, integration and many more features. Written by Suresh Krishna and TC Fenstermaker, experts on Rational Team Concert, this book will help you leverage the full potential of the IBM Rational Team Concert platform to improve your individual and team performance. It follows a realistic case-study example enabling you to learn about Rational Team Concert fundamentals and best practices along the way to efficiently manage your software projects and tackle various software development challenges.Beginning with an in-depth analysis of software development challenges, the book goes on to introduce the Jazz Platform followed by a complete overview of the architecture of Rational Team Concert. After you install Rational Team Concert on WebSphere and learn to configure the server and clients, you will see all the features in relation to Web and Eclipse clients.From Chapter 3 onwards a realistic sample application is constructed to give you a strong grasp of your concepts. As you proceed, you learn source control, the mechanism to create, control, and manage documents, artifacts in a software development lifecycle, followed by different tools that Rational Team Concert offers for effective team and work management. You tackle the various challenges of Team Collaboration by integrated e-mail, instant messaging, events, feeds, and work items, the basic units of the task. You also learn the various aspects of the software development process and release planning along with process templates, which provide the initial process and iteration of your project. Finally, you extend the Rational Team Concert and make use of the Jazz Platform APIs to customize your process to fit your organizational needs.
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IBM Rational Team Concert 2 Essentials
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Release management

The process of release management is the way to plan, schedule, build, and make the software available to the end users in a defined timeline. Release management involves several interrelated and overlapping tasks that sum up to provide a meaningful release. They are as follows:

  • Define a top-level release plan along with timelines. This becomes the release that goes to the end customers.

  • Divide the timeline into the smaller and manageable Iterations. In the Agile development scenario, these are called Sprints.

  • Define and prioritize the Stories for a release and Tasks for Iterations.

  • Make sure that all the must have stories of the release are scheduled across the defined iterations.

  • Assign Stories to releases and Tasks to individual team members.

  • Track the progress of the tasks in each iteration.

  • Manage the constantly incoming change requests and add them to product backlog.

  • Risk assessment of tasks and iterations.

  • Generate reports to the project stakeholders.

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