Anti-Patterns of a Private Workspace



Discussing anti-patterns is a useful way to evaluate possible solutions. By considering the context of the problem and the forces that are in existence, it provides a way to evaluate the potential solutions and identify which is best for the given situation.


With this in mind, it is important that the private workspace is established in relation to an overall development process. Assess the context of the project and the forces influencing the project and programmer. Design, document, and communicate the development process and the usage of the private workspaces in relation to the expected change rate, release schedule, and other factors. While the concept and working model of a private workspace can be very advantageous, I hope the anti-patterns discussed above will help you avoid common mistakes.



1. “Approaching Continuous Integration” by Mario E. Moreira, article on CM Crossroads, September, 2004

2. “Anti-patterns of Change Control” by Mario E. Moreira, article on CM Crossroads , April 2004

3. "Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap" by Mario E. Moreira, 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

4. Anti-patterns and Patterns in Software Configuration Management by William J. Brown, Hays W. “Skip” McCormick III, and Scott W. Thomas, 1999, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

5. Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration by Stephen P. Berczuk with Brad Appleton, 2003, Addison Wesley

6. The Anti-pattern section of theWiki Wiki Web - see 

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

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