CM Roles, Responsibilities, Skills, and Job Descriptions

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Summary
CM professionals have a variety of titles today. Reviewing the CM responsibilities is a reasonable way to help prescribe the skill sets needed to handle the responsibilities. This can help differentiate between the various CM roles and help the hiring manager identify the right person for the CM job. In some cases, the CM professional handles a variety of different responsibilities that cross over the CM role boundaries. The important point is to align the CM title with the responsibilities and skills (as much as possible). If what you need is a person who just does builds, then you need to hire someone with build skills calling the role a “build engineer”. If you need someone who packages and migrates releases and performs CM tool administration, then you need to hire someone with a wider range of skills and call it (something like) “CM release and tools engineer”. That way the name is reflective of the responsibilities and therefore the skills. From the skills needed, you can establish a better job description to identify the best CM professional to meet your needs.

References

1. Chapter “3 Establish SCM in an Organization”, Section “4.1 Establish an SCM Personnel Structure” in the book “Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap” by Mario E. Moreira, 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

2. Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap” by Mario E. Moreira, 2004, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

 

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. He has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the agile field since 1998. Mario 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. Mario is the author of Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams  and Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/.

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