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Access to QA Plans and Defects: Complete Visibility for QA and Development Teams

Uninterrupted production leads to increased speed and better quality of releases. For this, the product development and QA teams need complete visibility into each other's activities and tasks. To ensure that testing teams know when defects are fixed and for developers to know testing stages and plans, integrating the applications with easy flow and real-time updates are important. In this webinar, we will show how ConnectALL integrates Azure DevOps and Micro Focus ALM/QC bi-directionally, ensuring that all historical and current data is available to each user, in that user’s preferred system, with full context, in real-time. All user stories from Azure DevOps automatically synchronize to Micro Focus ALM/QC. The completion of the story and the status of test results in Micro Focus ALM/QC against these user stories automatically synchronizes to Azure DevOps.
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ConnectALL is a value stream management company dedicated to helping customers achieve higher levels of agility, traceability, predictability and velocity. We do this by connecting people, processes and technology across the software development and delivery value stream, enabling companies to align digital initiatives to business outcomes and improve the speed at which they deliver software. ConnectALL’s value stream management solutions and services allow companies to see, measure and automate their software delivery value streams.

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