Rajesh Thakkar presented an interesting talk on Rational's CLM solution at work. He started off with the motivation for a CLM solution, elucidating with the help its need in different team topologies (vertical, divided by function, outsourced). He talked about how Rational itself has revolutionalised its own development story using CLM solution i.e. self hosting CLM on CLM! He showed how Rational's different groups - product delivery, development and quality management - use the CLM.
Rajesh described how continuous adoption helps in efficient delivery. This can be achieved by customizing the process, timelines, roles, work items, dashboards, reports, etc. He talked about how development project linking is facilitated by the CLM solution and how one can track a requirement across the lifecycle, across team, and across tools. With CLM, one can track dependencies between component and feature teams. He also showed a preview of the Rational's CLM plan. He showed how using CLM makes sure any failure in a build or in a test gets instantly picked up by the developer in charge of a given component and gets fixed and re-tested. He also showed the testing practices and the role of different teams such as the Systems verification testing team, functional testing team, etc. All the dev. projects for each component are linked to corresponding test projects (traceability links between dev. work items and tests). In the end, he showed how Product Management works at IBM, starting from conception to the launch and lifecycle management.