Assessing CM in the Development Process

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Begin the work of building the solution. Work with development team (as needed) to ensure what you are providing will meet the needs and follows solid CM practices. Once completed, release the solution into the development process. After about 3 months of usage, hold a session with the development team to understand if the solution is working and providing a benefit. Make adjustments as necessary.

Step 5: Rinse, Repeat
After a couple of CM improvement solutions are released into the development process, revisit step #3 (e.g., developer's input) and identify new areas of improvement. If most of the initial areas of improvement are completed, consider revisiting step #1 and perform a new assessment.

Summary
When considering improvements, it is important to make it a collaborative effort with development. Focus on areas where development sees benefits. This will make them see CM as a value-added proposition. Of course, additional CM efforts can focus on ensuring there is solid CM, even if the development team does not see a benefit.

References

1. Chapter 5, "Establish SCM Tasks on a Project", p147-176 of the Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap by Mario E. Moreira, 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd Publishing.

2. Application, Project, and Organizational Configuration Management, by Mario Moreira, CM Crossroads, October 2004

 

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. He has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the agile field since 1998. Mario 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. Mario is the author of Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams  and Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/.

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