Business Criticality and the Investment of CM


Consider setting up a matrix like the one above that includes the products and answers to the questions above, along with scoring that will help drive the ranking. Using the example above, product A has the highest business criticality and, therefore, should have the highest level of CM rigor applied to it.

Investing Appropriately
Now that the life expectancy of the products has been identified, the business criticality has been determined and products have been ranked, a cost effective investment approach into applying CM can be discussed. Also, the rigor of the CM infrastructure should be directly proportional to the life of the product and the business criticality of the product to the organization. Few people will question the importance of CM. Given the competition for resources, though, it is important to establish a CM investment strategy based on the life of the application and business criticality.


1. Approaching the Implementation of CM”, by Mario Moreira, Feb 04, published at CM Crossroads (


About the author

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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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