The session by Pradeep Balachandran focuses on the motivation behind the CLM workbench, based on the common challenges faced across the product lifecycle and client feedbacks from earlier releases. Rational now has three products - Rational Requirements Composer, Rational team Concert and Rational Quality Manager in a single CLM solution. - https://jazz.net/projects/clm
This overcomes various challenges that have been traditionally faced in linking each area in the lifecycle with the others. Eg, how to manage the different user accounts and how to link them, how to link requirements to work items, and how to make sure that a task or a requirement is correctly developed and tested without the distinctions of the tool coming in the way.
Pradeep talked about Lifecycle projects as a concept, implying a project that spans all the different aspects of a project. Lifecycle projects are basically project areas with associations between different artifact containers and a consolidated set of members and their roles. Lifecycle project admininstration thus consists of managing lifecycle projects and their templates, manage members and their roles, and validate role assignment rules. With LPA, almost all challenges in a typical CLM environment have been addressed. Ensuring matching license agreements is still a challange that needs to be addressed.
An LPA can be setup in the Jazz server and gives a common look and feel across all products that make up the CLM. It is also easy to see all the users and the roles in the LPA administration. The linkages are automatically done between the artifact containers. Pradeep showed the various templates of implementing different kinds of LPAs depending on what roles need to be performed. For example, only analyst roles will need RM container and CCM container.