Assessing CM in the Development Process


A. CM Plan

1.       Are CM roles and responsibilities documented and communicated?

2.       Are CM procedures placed in a common repository, communicated to developers, and easily viewed/retrieved?

3.       Do CM tasks live in the project plan?

B. CM Process

1.       Is there a change control process defined for managing changes to the following baselines: (a) requirements, (b) project plan, and (c) production?

2.       Is there a development/CM process currently defined and followed?

3.       Is there a checkout/checkin procedure defined and followed?

4.       Is there a branching/merging procedure defined and followed?

5.       Is there a build procedure defined and followed?

6.       Is there a release procedure defined and followed?

C. CM and other Tools

1.       Does the project currently use a CM Tool for managing: (a) code, (b) 3rd party tools needed for build time, (c) documents, and (d) test cases

2.       Are there any integrations between CM tool and Development tool(s)

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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