Configuration Management is Lika a Race Track—Really!

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race car tasks to help get the release out.  We can identify where the CM infrastructure can be improved through the continuous use of the CM infrastructure (e.g., procedures, tools, etc.) via CM tasks to the benefit of the projects.  The key areas of focus of CM at the project level include:

 

·         Getting CM tasks into the project plan

·         Base-lining the code for the new development

·         Establishing the appropriate branching structures

·         Building/compiling the code

·         Creating a release package with deliverables

·         Conducting change control board (CCB) meetings

 

Automation

A key to deploying a CM race track is making as many of the processes as lean as possible, therefore reducing the steps programmers and CM professionals need when interfacing with the CM infrastructure.  One answer is automation.  Any process that is operational, meaning the steps are run again and again, can be automated.  This is particularly important for product teams that are using agile methods, although all methodologies will benefit from automation.  Some benefits to automation are:

 

·         Making actions less error-prone for improved reliability

·         Eliminating idle time for more lean processes

·         Making things more maintainable and repeatable

·         Making it easier to improve existing processes

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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