CM Roles, Responsibilities, Skills, and Job Descriptions


the code, and setting up user workspaces; a CM test phase to ensure all processes are working as expected (checkout/checkin, build, migrate, branch, etc.); and a CM release phase consisting of just-in-time training, cutting over to the CM infrastructure, and providing rigorous cut-over CM support. The book, “Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap” by Mario E. Moreira provides detailed steps for each phase and templates to more efficiently complete these steps.

Manage/Improve the CM Tool

This includes the responsibility of maintaining and upgrading the CM tool on the server(s) and clients, managing the licenses, and establishing some level of automation such as writing triggers. In addition, it may include integrating the CM technology with other tools such as a development technology IDEs and/or a defect tracking technology.

Manage/Troubleshoot the CM Environment
This includes the continuous responsibility of setting up new product repositories (and importing code into it), helping the users set up workspaces, perform regular troubleshooting for users, training the users in using the CM technology, environment and processes.

Perform Builds
This includes the responsibility of continuous building of the product release, ensuring the compiler versions are up-to-date, working with a build technology (either inside or outside of the CM technology), establishing a build process, and the ability to improve the build process.

Package/Migrate the Release
This includes the responsibility of capturing all of the pieces that are needed to establish a running system (a.k.a., release package that may be comprised of deliverables from the

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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