Assessing CM in the Development Process


D. Development and Build

1.       How does the code get baselined to establish a new development stream/branch?

2.       How often do builds occur?

3.       Who performs the official builds?

4.       Are builds automated?

5.       Is there a build cycle defined?

6.       What happens to the output of a build?

7.       Does parallel development occur?

8.       Is branching currently setup? If so, what is the working model?

E. Test and Production

1.       How is code moved to test?

2.       Who performs the code migration to test?

3.       Does a release schedule/Plan exist?

4.       Are release notes prepared?

5.       Is there a release readiness meeting in place?

6.       Who performs the code migration to production?

7.       Is there a backout and recovery procedure?

8.       Is a release naming convention defined?

9.       Are there release label naming conventions established?

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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