Allowing Project Management (PM) to Help Configuration Management (CM)

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CM Tasks in a CM Infrastructure Effort
This section provides an overview of a CM infrastructure project. Every application must have a solid and effective CM technology & process infrastructure. An application may remain viable for a number of years and through many releases with an environment and procedures that can manage various streams of the product. The more effective the application's CM infrastructure, the better the chances for traceable and integrity of the configuration items. The CM tasks at the application level, in most cases, are a one-time-only task (e.g., you only create one Change Control procedure for an application) and specifically not intended to be repeated.

The primary CM roles best suited to implement tasks at this level are the CM manager, CM engineer, and CM coordinators. However, participation and cooperation must occur with the application owner and lead technical personnel. Some of the CM tasks at the application level include (but not limited to):

·         CM analysis: This includes tasks to assess of implementation readiness, estimate the effort, analyze the current situation, and perform a risk assessment.

·         CM planning: This includes tasks and activities to produce a CM infrastructure implementation project plan, establishing document standards like version numbering, etc., and establishing CM metrics.

·         CM tool selection: This includes tasks to evaluate and select the best CM technology for the needs of the application.

·         CM strategy and design: This includes tasks to define SCM roles & responsibilities (change control board, release engineer, etc.), tool profile, environment profiles, capacity planning, training and procedure definition, build a master configuration item list, and establish a global distributed CM/development strategy (as needed).

·         CM procedural implementation: This includes tasks to establish the CM procedures needed when performing application development (e.g., problem management, change control, identification, version control, merge, build, release, audit, oversight, and report).

·         CM technical implementation: This includes tasks to establish the SCM tool environment, restructuring application code, importing the baseline of code, establishing the user workspaces. This may apply to various CM technologies.

·         SCM training:  This includes the tasks to build user CM training materials and provide training for the users and the CM tool engineers.

·         SCM transition:  This includes tasks to conduct release readiness to production, prepare for cut-over of the new release, cutting over, and provide intensive support after cut-over.

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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