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Software Configuration Management Plan


Software Configuration Management Plan Purpose

The purpose of this plan is to provide basic guidelines for how source code and software builds will be managed.

This document will cover source code administration, build environment standards and define the process by which new components will be added to builds, and a common understanding of how to manage broken builds.

The intent of Software Configuration Management Plan is to ensure consistent software quality across projects by ensuring that:

  • All components are managed in a source control tool
  • All components are compiled on an independent and controlled build machine
  • Build machine specifications are controlled and documented


Typical SCM Plan Requirements

  • Well Defined Set of Configuration Items to be Managed
  • Assign Roles and Responsibilities
  • Define Software Configuration Management Standards and Procedures
  • Document the SCM Tools and Their Use
  • Define the Required Metrics to Support the Plan



SCM Plan Template

Section 1 Introduction Description
1.1 Purpose The purpose of the Software Configuration Management Plan is to provide basic guidelines for how builds will be managed.
1.2 Scope Describe the Scope of builds, projects and teams involved.
1.3 References and Links Include all the references and links that pertain to the SCM Plan.
1.4 Acronyms and Glossary CI - Configuration Item SCM - Software Configuration Management CME - Configuration Management Engineer SVN - Subversion CC - CruiseContol
1.5 Outstanding Tasks Include all Outstanding to dos and tasks.
Section 2 Roles Responsibilities
2.1 Role Include all the Responsibilities for each Role
Section 3 Tools List out all the various tools being used and their versions
3.1 Cruisecontrol Version: 2.8.2 URL: http://buildserver:8081/cruisecontrol/index Dashboard: http://buildserver.ibm.na.corp:8081/dashboard/tab/dashboard
Section 4 Code Management Describe the process
4.1 Production Describe production code procedures
4.2 Development Describe development code procedures
Section 5 Build Environment Describe the Guidelines
5.1 Build Servers Describe the build environment
5.2 Security and Permissions Describe the Security and Permissions surrounding the Build Environment
Section 6 Build Procedures Describe the process
6.1 Build Process Describe the build process
6.2 Build Versioning Describe the build identification and version strategy
6.3 Build Schedule Describe the build schedule and rules around building
6.4 Build Logs and Tracking Describe the build logging and tracking requirements and reporting.
6.5 Build Scripts Describe the build scripts and configuration files including how the responsibility is broken out between the Software Configuration Management Team and the Development Team.
6.6 Build Maintenance Describe the build maintenance and server cleanup
Section 7 Build Artifacts Describe the process
7.1 Artifacts Describe the process and the storage of the build artifacts.
Section 8 Deployments Describe the process
8.1 Deployment Process Layout the Deployment process for the various runtime environments. Software Configuration Management Plan


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Software Configuration Management Table of Contents

Software Configuration Management Software Configuration Management are the practices and procedures for administering source code, producing software development builds, controlling change, and managing software configurations.

Software Configuration Management Software Configuration Mgmt is a software development support and control function. Specializing in software building, installation packaging, change control and configuration management.

Software Configuration Management Plan This document will cover source code administration, build environment standards and define the process by which new components will be added to builds, and a common understanding of how we will manage broken builds.

Software Configuration Management Systems Software Configuration Management Systems are the end-to-end tools and procedures that encompass the Software Configuration Management Systems. These are more than just software builds and version control tools. These are the processes you build that surround these tools.

Software Configuration Management Strategies Software Configuration Management Strategies can be difficult to define. Your SCM strategies can be as simple as providing excellent SCM service, but they can be more complex by introducing process improvement to your already existing service.

Software Configuration Management Best Practices Software Configuration Management Best Practices are designed and implemented to ensure software quality, integrity and reproducibility. Best Practices are methods and techniques that are proven to be the most effective way of ensuring repeatability of a processes.

General Best Practices Software Configuration Management Best Practices are designed and implemented to ensure software quality, integrity and reproducibility. Best Practices are methods and techniques that are proven to be the most effective way of ensuring repeatability of a processes.

SCM Plan This SCM Plan is a template model for software applications that require a disaster recovery plan.

SCM Books SCM Books is a collection of books and descriptions that can be a valuable resource and background for installation packaging, software builds, source control, software engineering or engineering in general

Genius Richard Feynman Genius Richard Feynman was written by James Gleick. Genius - The Life and Science of Richard Feynman a 20th century Physics.

Genius James Gleick Genius James Gleick - The Life and Sciences of Richard Feynman.

SCM Performance Goals SCM Performance Goals are set to help the SCM Engineer achieve high performance standards. The goals need to be clear, direct and ongoing feedback from management.

SCM Goals SCM Goals are a sample set of performance objectives that can be used as an example of typical Software Configuration Management Goals.

Forrester Reports This page contains a listing of Forrester Reports for SCM tools. Forrester is a leading company in discovering vendor tool directions and consumer trends. This is a listing of Forrester Reports of SCM tools.

Software Engineering The IEEE Computer Society defines Software Engineering as the application of a systematic, disciplined and quantifiable approach to the development, maintenance and operation of software.

SCM War Stories SCM War Stories are a collection of typical SCM anti-patterns that most experienced SCM Engineers have all lived through.

Circumventing Build Process Circumventing Build Process happens for many reasons. For example, it can happen because someone decides schedule is more important than software quality. Another example, might be that the person making the decision to circumvent the build process does not understand the implications of their decision.

Untested Software Untested software is an anti pattern due to a project that is behind schedule. A decision to proceed with the delivery to demonstrate progress of a project over the proper testing has taken place to ensure quality. Untested Software is a common Software Engineering Antipattern.

What is SCM What is SCM? SCM encapsulates the practices and procedures for administering source code, producing software development builds, controlling change, and managing software configurations. Specifically, SCM ensures the integrity, reliability and reproducibility of developing software products from planning to release.

Why Use SCM Why Use SCM? Software Configuration Management ensures software build repeatability and reproducibility. SCM enforces Source Code Administration Best Practices and proper Software Change Management practices are followed.

SCM Websites Software Configuration Management Websites a listing of top SCM sites and other interesting Websites. This page attempts to identify the truly unique Websites. Please visit them.

SCMWise Software Configuration Management SCMWise is dedicated to SCM. This site is a central repository for the collection of best practices, processes, methodologies and tools that surround SCM.



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