CM Roles, Responsibilities, Skills, and Job Descriptions


builds, items needed from databases, configuration instructions) and the tasks of preparing the preliminary release notes, and migrating the release to test and staging areas.

Install the release
This includes the responsibility of taking the release package and installing it into the production environment (onto a production server or onto production media).This will include validating the release once in production with appropriate smoke tests (ability to install, run, and execute minimal functional tests).This may include preparing the final release notes and notification of release completion.

Aligning CM Responsibilities to CM Roles
With an understanding of the key CM responsibilities in the development-to-production slice of the project lifecycle, we can look at what are the common CM titles or roles that we see in the workplace. Typically, we see roles like CM tool administrator (e.g., ClearCase administrator, AccuRev administrator, etc.), build engineer, release engineer, etc. How would they align with the responsibilities mentioned above? Below is a “CM Roles to Responsibilities Matrix” that provides a simplistic perspective on how certain CM roles would align with the responsibilities mentioned above.

Figure 1: CM Roles to Responsibilities Matrix

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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