Overview of ELM

IBM® Engineering Lifecycle Management (ELM) integrates ELM products to provide a complete set of applications for software or systems development. ELM includes IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS® Next (DOORS Next), IBM Engineering Requirements Management DOORS (DOORS), IBM Engineering Workflow Management (EWM), and IBM Engineering Test Management (ETM), IBM Engineering Systems Design Rhapsody® - Model Manager (RMM), and IBM Engineering Lifecycle Optimization - Engineering Insights (ENI) with Jazz™ Team Server. This solution is designed for requirements analysts, developers, systems engineers, and testers.

The following diagram shows the development lifecycle that the solutions support. To see overviews of the applications that are represented in the image, click the boxes. For example, click Validate and verify to see an overview of ETM.

This image shows the functions in the development lifecycle supported by the solutions. Overview of DOORS Next Overview of RMM Getting started with EWM Overview of ETM Overview of Global Configuration Management Overview of Reporting Overview of ENI

To support the development lifecycle, ELM products let you link artifacts across applications, as shown in the following figure and examples:

Figure 1. ELM connects analysts, developers, and testers
This graphic shows the relationships between ELM disciplines, as described by the following examples.
Requirements:
  • Requirements are implemented by iteration plans and validated by test plans.
  • Requirements are elicited, documented, elaborated, and validated by analysts. Their implementation progress is tracked in work items, and their correctness is validated by test cases.
Implementation:
  • Project managers and development managers use iteration plans to implement requirements in the context of a development schedule.
  • Team leads plan the iterations using iteration plans, where the work is divided further into tasks.
  • Developers work on defects that are submitted by testers as a result of test execution.
Testing:
  • The test team links requirements to test plans and test cases.
  • Testers link test cases to work items to ensure coverage of the implementation.
  • Testers run test cases and submit defects for test failures.

ELM integrates the work of analysts, developers, and testers by providing the following cross-application features:

Jazz Team Server

The Jazz Team Server provides the foundational services, such as user management and license management, that enable the ELM applications to work together as a single logical server. In this way, the Jazz Team Server serves as an integration hub for the applications. After you install the ELM products, you install product license keys into the Jazz Team Server to permit access to the capabilities provided by the applications. For details about the topologies supported for new or upgraded installations, see Planning the deployment and installation.

Part of the Jazz community

ELM products are developed transparently on the open and extensible Jazz platform. On Jazz.net, you can download the products and their milestones, track development schedules, join discussion forums, open enhancement requests, and interact with the product developers. To learn more about the products, see the developer-written articles in the Jazz.net library or the topics about complex deployment scenarios on the Deployment wiki.

More information

To learn more about ELM, see these resources:
  • ELM on Jazz.net: Learn about the new features, read the release notes, and download the binaries to install the solution.
  • ELM videos: These videos highlight the configuration management capabilities of the solution.
  • ELM sandbox: You can try a series of exercises in an online sandbox to learn more about a broad range of capabilities across the application development lifecycle.
  • ELM on Jazz.net: Learn about the new features, read the release notes, and download the binaries to install the solution.
  • ELM demo series: This set of recorded demonstrations offers a full lifecycle walk-through, and videos that highlight specific industry needs, in-depth tools, and practice topics.

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