Adapting the Agile Mindset to Software Configuration Management

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Summary
A couple of key viewpoints from both the CM and Agile mindsets are related. Agile professionals believe that small and CM professionals think modular, which are both similar concepts. Agile asks that you think in smaller units so that you can continually build and inspect the increment for value; CM asks that you think modular so that pieces can be more efficiently and effectively managed and built. Agile professionals think continuous and CM professionals think improvement. There is an element of continuous process improvement in both. Each mindset also brings unique and valuable viewpoints of their own like focusing on business value (Agile) and ensuring integrity (CM).

 

Both Agile professionals and CM professionals should learn enough about each other’s mindset in order to understand each other’s perspective to comprehend what it means to adapt CM to align with the values of Agile. While both speed (for Agile) and control (for CM) are important, it is ultimately driven by the ability to quickly get value to the customer while maintaining the integrity of the deliverable so that the customer can have confidence in what they are receiving. Understanding the mindset of each will help provide you with an Agile and CM one-two punch for a very powerful combination!

 

References

1. Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams, by Mario Moreira, Wiley Publishing, 2010.

2. Study of Myers-Briggs Types Relative to CM Professionals (2007), by Mario Moreira, CM Journal, September 2007

3. Study of Myers-Briggs Types Relative to CM Professionals (2003), by Mario Moreira, CM Journal, July 2003

 

About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

Mario Moreira is a Columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an Author, an Agile and CM expert for CA, and has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the Agile field since 1998. He has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the Agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. He holds an MA in Mass Communication with an emphasis on communication technologies. Mario also brings years of Project Management, Software Quality Assurance, Requirement Management, facilitation, and team building skills and experience. Mario is the author of a new book entitled “Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams” (via Wiley Publishing). It provides an Agile Primer and a CM Primer, and how to adapt CM practices for Agile Teams. Mario is also the author of the CM book entitled, “Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.” It includes step-by-step guidance for implementing SCM at the organization, application, and project level with numerous examples. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/.
 

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