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Software Configuration Management Process


Definition

Software Configuration Management Process is a very difficult concept to define.

It encapsulates so many different aspects of the software development lifecycle.

This website has defined SCM to include these functions and processes:


SCM Responsibilities

It is easy to get distracted in the details of the tasks and processes.

Taking a higher-level approach may serve to clarify and solidify what the Software Configuration Management Process attempts to achieve:

  • Facilitates Timely Communication
  • Enforces Development Policies
  • Ensures Technical Standards
  • Manages Hand-offs between Environments and Teams

A very good description from "Software Configuration Management A Roadmap":

SCM is the control of the evolution of complex systems.



SCM Mandate

In the end, the Software Configuration Management Process needs to ensure integrity of the software it supports.

It also needs to integrate with all the other standards and processes that surround the software and the business.


Processes

Process Name Description
Agile Implementing Agile SCM processes and practices will help your ability to successfully implement Agile software development processes.
CMMI CMMI, Capability Maturity Model Integration, was originally intended to objectively assess the ability of government contractors' processes to deliver the contracted software projects.

Originally, a software development process improvement tool, CMMI can be used as a generally applicable model to assist in understanding the process capability maturity of organizations in diverse areas.

Disaster Recovery Disaster Recovery is the ability of an organization to minimize the effects of a disaster that would disrupt normal business operations.

To minimize development disruption during a disaster, a proper SCM DR Plan is required.

Feature Driven Development Feature Driven Development, FDD, is just that.

It is a short-iteration development process that delivers features in logical incremental intervals.

ITIL ITIL, Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is a customizable framework of best practices that help deliver IT services and promote process improvement of services.
Project Management Software Quality Assurance provides the standards, processes and procedures that ensure that a software application meets it's requirements and is properly tested.

To accomplish this effort, SQA must adhere to software engineering standards, such as:

Quality Assurance Software Quality Assurance provides the standards, processes and procedures that ensure that a software application meets it's requirements and is properly tested.

To accomplish this effort, SQA must adhere to software engineering standards, such as:

Release Management

Release Management, RM, is the process of managing a software release through the Software Development Process, SDP.

This coordination between the different development processes and teams is crucial to the successful release of software.

RM acts as the facilitator and milestone tracker of the software release. Tasks can include the following.

Six Sigma

Six Sigma seeks to identify and resolve the causes of defects and errors in engineering and business processes.

It uses a set of quality management methods, including statistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization who are experts in these methods.

Each Six Sigma project carried out within an organization follows a defined sequence of steps and has quantified financial targets.

SOX SOX, Sarbanes Oxley, reporting and testing requirements are mandating formal approvals and reviews of people who have access to application source code.
SOA Strategies SOA Strategies is the strategic vision an organization uses to employ Service Orientated Architecture.

SOA stands for Service Orientated Architecture.

It can be defined as a service or groups of services that work together to pass data or to coordinate some business process.

Software Development Process The Software Development Process, SDP, is the methodology used by a development team or organization to produce software.



Software Change Management Table of Contents

Software Change Management Software Change Management attempts to control, manage and support changes to software. Understanding and controlling changes is one of the biggest challenges to the software development team.

Bug Tracking Software Bug Tracking Software allows a software developer or software development team to record, track and report on defects and issues found in a software application. These tools are valuable in improving the quality and reliabilty of a software application. This page reviews three top Bug Tracking Tools: Bugcentral, Bug Track, and Bugzilla,

Change Management Software Change Management Software - Change is inevitable in all stages of a software project. Change management tools will help you direct and coordinate those changes so they can enhance-not hinder-your software. Change management tools lets you control software development and provides the metrics and process improvement.

CMMI CMMI, Capability Maturity Model Integration, was originally intended to objectively assess the ability of government contractors' processes to deliver the contracted software projects. Originally, a software development process improvement tool, CMMI can be used as a generally applicable model to assist in understanding the process capability maturity of organizations in diverse areas.

Defect Tracking Software Defect Tracking Software is essential to all software projects that want to eliminate Software Defects, improve software quality, and increase software reliability. This page reviews three top Defect Tracking Tools: Mantis, Trac and Axosoft On Time

Release Management Release Management is the process and practices for managing the software release from conception to the end of a software product's life.

Software Configuration Management Processes Software Configuration Management Process focuses on the many different processes and standards that surround SCM and software development.

Software Tracking Tools Software Tracking Tools are the tools and utilities used in tracking software changes, defects and software development progress.

SCMWise Software Configuration Management Software Configuration Management an inventory of Software Configuration Management pages and information.



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