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Software Configuration Management Strategies


What are SCM Strategies?

Software Configuration Management Strategies are a hard thing to define.

At first thought, it does not seem very complicated.

They could possibly include all the typical Software Configuration Management Services:

You could make your SCM strategies around providing SCM Services to your customers.

However, that is not necessarily a strategy. As you will see.


Defining SCM Strategies

By digging a little deeper, it is easy to see that strategies can be more complex than just your everyday tasks.

SCM Strategies can be tangential to your normal day-to-day SCM efforts.

For instance, your SCM Strategies could be "How" you deliver your Software Configuration Management Services:

  • Reduce Software Build Times by 25%
  • Upgrade SCM Tool Software
  • Ensures the Changes made to the applications are Tracked back to the Source Code

This is not a list of Software Configuration Management Service, but a set of objectives about the "how" and "what" of your SCM services.

The further you go into this you can see patterns develop in the SCM Strategies.



Types of SCM Strategies

As you start listing out possible strategies, it becomes apparent that these strategies can be categorized into the following:

  • Process Strategies
  • Technical Strategies
  • SCM Team Strategies
  • Business Strategies

For the most part, these strategies fall easily into these different categories.

However, some of them can be classified into multiple categories because of their breadth.

For the purposes of this discussion, it still helps to put these strategies into categories to help define and our understanding.


Process Software Configuration Management Strategies

Here as some examples of possible Process Strategies:

  • Provide Repeatable and Reproducible Builds
  • Source Control Availability to four 9s.
  • Ensure Source Code is Backed Up
  • Provide Best of Breed SCM Services


Technical Software Configuration Management Strategies

Technical Strategies could be around tools and implementation of tools:

  • Upgrade SCM Tool Software
  • Introduce Software Build Libraries
  • Improve SCM Tool Performance


SCM Team Strategies

Here is a SCM Team Strategy as defined by an exceptional Software Engineer,

"I think our most important strategy as a SCM team is that we provide consistent, repeatable, dependable, effective and efficient build processes."

This strategy could conceivably be classified in multiple categories because of how widely encompassing and comprehensive.


Business Strategies

These strategies are focused on helping your Business achieve their goals.

Here are some example of SCM Strategic goals focused on Business Objectives:

  • Maintaining a Disaster Recovery Environment for your Source Code
  • Maintain Rigid Access Control to your Source Code
  • Ensure Source Code is Backed Up
  • Provide Best of Breed SCM Services


Conclusions

Strategies can be classified into several categories:

  • Process Strategies
  • Technical Strategies
  • SCM Team Strategies
  • Business Strategies

Understanding the most important drivers behind your business or development teams can help you determine your best Software Configuration Management Strategies.

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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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