Visibility and Traceability
As you saw in Chapter 2, ALM has several important pillars, and visibility—or transparency—into development efforts is one of them. Another is traceability, which is closely related to visibility. Many managers and stakeholders have limited visibility into the progress of development projects. Traditionally, the visibility they have often comes from steering-group meetings, during which the project manager reviews the current situation. Some would argue that this limitation is good; but as this chapter shows, if you want an effective process, you must ensure visibility.