Design Matters: Enabling better collaboration

by IBM

Oct 23, 2013

Download Today's complexity in software and systems design is only expected to rise, and more than half of CEOs doubt their ability to manage it. Whether IT or device-based, software-intensive systems continue to grow in size and complexity. Globally distributed and diverse teams, outsourcing and supply chain dependencies lead to increased challenges in the timely launch of competitive products and services. Organizations struggle to balance agility and complexity. It's not enough to manage development, the design process itself must become more streamlined and efficient. Design is a key part of ALM critical to tackling complexity. Customers use design tools today to simplify application and systems complexity, analyze software and systems for defects, impact analysis, and potential reuse and document and communicate to stakeholders. However design tools often focus on the practitioner and lack team integration. Teams cannot easily manage and share designs and get feedback from stakeholders. Linking designs to other lifecycle artifacts is difficult, leading to a lack of traceability and understanding of the impact of changes. It is difficult finding information for reuse and takes too much time to create reports across multiple designs and lifecycle elements for specifications, communication, regulatory compliance, and auditing. Design reviews are challenging because they rely on static documents that get disconnected from the design. Collaborative design management helps you address complexity both at the team level and at the individual developer level. It enables in integration of Architecture, Design and Development disciplines with the rest of the lifecycle and supports the ALM.