Skill Sets of SCM, Build and Release Engineers
Build / WorkFlow Mgmt Tools AnthillPro Apache Continuum Bamboo CruiseControl Hudson LuntBuild OpenMake Meister TeamCity Team Foundation Server Electric Cloud Others SCM Tools AccuRev ClearCase CA Harvest CVS Dimensions Git…Read more »
Questionnaire: Access your SCM Process in Project
TABLE OF CONTENTS 1…… General Assessment Questions. 2 1.1 Questions to analyze the development process description.. 2 1.2 Questions to characterize the project application.. 2 1.3 Questions to identify the supporting tools. 2 2…… Assessment on Configuration and Change…Read more »
Roles of CM Users and Views of CM
Roles of CM Users and Views of CM Different views of CM emanate from the different roles and concerns of people in an organization. A simple, typical, CM user scenario…Read more »
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The Four Basic Requirements for an SCM
Identification, control, audit, and status accounting are the four basic requirements for a software configuration management system. These requirements must be satisfied regardless of the amount of automation within the…Read more »
5 Keys to Automating Configuration Management for Application Infrastructure
One of the trends being discussed in business, among vendors and in the analyst community is the importance of automating the functions performed by IT. Growing demands by the business,…Read more »
Versioning in Software Configuration Management | SCM Versioning Guide
Versioning in Software Configuration Management? Reference: This article has been take out from Book Called “The Build Master: Microsoft’s Software Configuration Management Best Practices” Why Worry About Versioning? Having a…Read more »
Importance of Automation Tools in SCM
Importance of Automation Tools in SCM by John Ferguson Smart Since the dawn of time, people have been using tools to make their life easier. Tools let you solve a…Read more »
SCM Process and smartBuild Overview, What is SCM Process and smartBuild?
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Software Configuration Management in Pakistan | SCM Practices in Pakistan
Mature CM is cross-business functionality NOT functionality solely within engineering. Software Configuration Management facilitates timely communications; enforces development policies and technical standards along Management of Hand-offs between Environments and Teams…Read more »
Best Practices-Software Configuration and Release Management (SCRM)
Introduction The development of software applications is an evolutionary process, moving towards some predetermined end goals. These goals are usually in the form of a Release, either internal or external,…Read more »
Power Point PPT: Introduction To Software Configuration Management
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Power Point PPT: Scm With Mks Integrity
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Power Point PPT: Software Configuration Management And CVS
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Power Point PPT: Why Software Configuration Management – Prsesentation
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Best Practices in Software Configuration Management – SCM Best Practices Guide
Best Practices in Software Configuration Management Abstract When deploying new SCM (software configuration management) tools, implementers sometimes focus on perfecting fine-grained activities, while unwittingly carrying forward poor, large-scale practices from…Read more »
What Is Software Configuration Management, its importance & how to implement it?
Software engineers usually find coding to be the most satisfying aspect of their job. This is easy to understand because programming is a challenging, creative activity requiring extensive technical skills. It can mean getting to “play” with state-of-the-art tools, and it provides almost instant gratification in the form of immediate feedback. Programming is the development task that most readily comes to mind when the profession of software engineering is mentioned.
That said, seasoned engineers and project managers realize that programmers are part of a larger team. All of the integral tasks, such as quality assurance and verification and validation, are behind-the-scenes activities necessary to turn standalone software into a useful and usable commodity. Software configuration management (SCM) falls into this category—it can’t achieve star status, like the latest “killer app,” but it is essential to project success. The smart software project manager highly values the individuals and tools that provide this service.
This chapter will answer the following questions about software configuration management.
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The Four Basic Requirements for SCM Process – SCM Guide
Identification, control, audit, and status accounting are the four basic requirements for a software configuration management system. These requirements must be satisfied regardless of the amount of automation within the SCM process. All four may be satisfied by an SCM tool, a tool set, or a combination of automated and manual procedures.
- Identification—Each software part is labeled so that it can be identified. Furthermore, there will be different versions of the software parts as they evolve over time, so a version or revision number will be associated with the part. The key is to be able to identify any and all artifacts that compose a released configuration item. Think of this as a bill of materials for all the components in your automobile. When the manufacturer realizes that there has been a problem with parking brakes purchased from a subcontractor, it needs to know all the automobile models using that version of the parking brake. It is the same with software. If we are building a multimedia system that has audio MPEG3 drivers for Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows CE, Linux, and FreeBSD operating systems, how do we find out which releases are impacted when we find an error in the Linux product? You must go back to your SCM system to identify all the common components in all operating system releases that are impacted.
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The symptoms of our software development malaise
Software development has traditionally suffered from producing end products with a definite lack of inherent quality. The symptoms of this quality lack are listed here:
- Software development projects are often delivered late and over budget.
- Often the delivered product does not meet customer requirements and is never used.
- Software products simply do not work right.
As we look into the symptoms of our software development malaise, five principal issues related to software development arise.
Lack of Visibility
Software is conceptual in nature. Unlike a bridge, a building, or another physical structure, it is not easy to look at software and assess how close it is to completion. Without strong project management, “software is 90% complete 90% of the time.” Through the adoption of SCM policy and the definition of the configuration management model of the software under development, all CIs, components, and subcomponents are immediately visible for versions, releases, and product families.
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