Value of Configuration Management by Agile Professionals


where 75% of agile professionals would answer as being extremely important to their work. Respondents who answered "not very important" or "not important at all" accounted for only 2%. While there were over 200 people who responded, I do not consider this conclusive data. However, it is certainly data to consider. Table 1 illustrates the spread of answers across all 5 categories.


Table 1: Importance of CM tools (e.g., Version Control) for Agile projects

Another interesting result from this survey is the distribution of those that answered "extremely important" appears to vary by age in a telling way. The chart below indicates that older Agile professionals find more importance in CM tools. About 67% of those in the 18-24 age category find CM tools extremely important. Of those in the 25-34 age

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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