Value of Configuration Management by Agile Professionals

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Study #2: How Important are CM Functional Areas?

The second study sought to drill down further as to which CM functions are perceived to be valuable by agile professionals and which are more valuable than others. With this in mind, I conducted a second survey in the "Agile Journal" where I asked agile professionals within a polling questionnaire to please place a value rating on each of the following CM functional areas:

·         CM for the project including planning activities, roles, etc.

·         Version control: tool with check-out/check-in process

·         Build management: tool with continuous build process

·         Branching and merging: tool and continuous integration process

·         Change control: process of managing changes

·         Problem management: tool and process, a.k.a., defect tracking, issue management

·         Audit: process, baseline, etc.

·         Reporting/status accounting: process

·         Release engineering: tool and process, aka, migration and installation

I provided 10 value choices (from 1 to 10) where 1 is the lowest value and 10 is the highest value. While not meant to be an exact survey, it provided some interesting data.

The results from this study (based on a modest 25 respondents) indicate a range of perceived values for the various CM functions. Build management received the overall highest average value score with 9.21 (out of 10). This is not surprising since continuous integration and build is a highly valued practice for those who implement agile. This was closely followed by version control which received an average value score of 9.13. This may be because of the recognized need of control due to the high volume of code changes. The

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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