CM Roles, Responsibilities, Skills, and Job Descriptions

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Building a CM Job Description

Using the responsibility definitions from “The CM Responsibilities in the Dev-to-Prod Lifecycle” section, we can begin to identify specific skills needed to perform the role.

Configuration Management Tool Implementer
Based on the major responsibilities classified in the “CM Roles to Responsibilities Matrix” above (based on the “establish the CM infrastructure” responsibility), here are the skills needed within this CM role. This role typically requires a senior-level CM professional.

·         Analysis skills:  Ability to evaluate the current environment, gather needs, and propose a recommended CM solution

·         Design/architect skills:  Ability to define and design CM standards for the technology

·         CM process skills:  Ability to define manageable CM processes (checkout/checkin, merge, build, release, etc.) and implement them

·         CM technology skills:  Ability to install CM technology based on needs and to integrate the CM technology with other technologies (development IDEs, defect tracking, etc.)

·         Scripting skills:  Ability to automate major processes

·         System administration skills:  Knowledge and ability to use the operating system(s) the CM technology runs on

·         Customer service and communication skills:  Ability to work graciously with users while resolving their issues

·         Training and facilitation skills: Ability to prepare CM technology and process training for users and the ability to deliver the training effectively

About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

<strong>Mario Moreira</strong> 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 “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470746637?tag=cmf06-20&amp;camp=213761&amp;cre... Configuration Management for Agile Teams</a></strong>” (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, “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Software-Configuration-Management-Implementation-R... Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.</a></strong>” 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 <a href="http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/">http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/</a>.
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