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

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For more details on CM tasks that help build a CM infrastructure for an application, considering reading Chapter 4 (Establish an SCM Infrastructure for an Application) of the "Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap" by Mario E. Moreira, 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Publishing

Summary
So in what areas can PM help CM? PM can help organize the tasks that lead to a common goal (e.g., CM infrastructure). PM can help CM professionals prioritize the work on a project. Many times, a full automated process and environment can wait and instead, first focus on getting the basic technology in place with manual procedures. PM helps organize the resources to bring in expertise at the right time. PM can help forecast the project completion timelines, adding a level of control, and moving the CM effort from an ad hoc approach to a more planned approach. Finally, PM can help break out the CM effort separating the early analysis and planning phase tasks from the execution phase tasks, leading to a more structured implementation approach.

Overall, PM may help CM professionals perform CM planning and execution and ultimately to a more successful implementation and adoption of CM. It is the parachute that keeps the CM effort (and its resources) together.  

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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