CM Roles, Responsibilities, Skills, and Job Descriptions

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Release Engineer
Based on the major responsibilities classified in the “CM Roles to Responsibilities Matrix” above (based on the “package/migrate the release” responsibility), here are the skills needed within this CM role. This role may be managed by a mid-level CM professional (or a junior-level CM professional of the release process is well defined and very stable).

·         Packaging technology skills:  Ability to automate the packaging of build deliverables, database deliverables, and other deliverables needed to establish a run-time testing environment into a release package or the skills to perform this task manually

·         Migration technology skills:  Ability to automate the migration of release packages from environment to environment or the ability to perform this task manually

·         Makefile and/or Ant skills:  Ability to establish or modify packaging and migration processes

·         Technical writing and communication skills:  Ability to design a release note standard and template and the ability to write draft release notes per release

·         Defect tracking and requirements technology skills:  Ability to pull data from these technologies of defects or requirements that have been worked on for Release Note preparation

·         SCM audit skills:  Ability to design an audit process to determine the integrity of the release package baseline and the ability to initiate and lead an audit to determine the integrity

Product Installer
Based on the major responsibilities classified in the “CM Roles to Responsibilities Matrix” above (based on the “install the release” responsibility), here are the skills needed within this CM role. This role may be managed by a mid-level CM professional (or a junior-level CM professional of the installation process is well defined and very stable).

·         Product installation skills: Knowledge and skills of using a production installation technology

·         Application knowledge: Knowledge to understand how a product works in production and its product deliverables structure

·         Facilitation skills: Ability to establish and run a release readiness meeting

·         QA/test skills:  Ability to smoke and UAT test once it has been installed to ensure that it meets the minimal run criteria after installation

·         Communication skills:  Ability to write appropriate cutover notifications of the new release and to update the Release Note of the contents of final package deliverables

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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