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The Differing Points of View about CM

Although we have entered a new year, the arguments over the role of configuration management (CM) in organizations have not abated and have now morphed into a product CM versus enterprise CM dilemma. Joe Townsend explains the differing points of view and why we should care.

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Software CM: Thirty-Five Years Later

Thirty-five years later and where are we in regards to software configuration management? Joe Farah takes us back to the late 1970s and compares the past with the present. If you look at a typical shop today, progress has actually gone backwards.

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Should SCM Professionals Be Scripting Experts?

Joe Farah explains to what degree should SCM professionals be scripting experts. While high-level scripting for SCM professionals is great, you might need to rethink your technology so your CM team can do real work.

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Joe Farah
How to Properly Maintain a Single CM Team

You have your hardware and your software configuration management departments managing the same product. Although their goals are the same, they often clash, but that doesn't mean you should separate them. Joe Farah explains how to properly maintain a single CM team.

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The 2012 State of Configuration Management Address

Just as the president of the United States gives a State of the Union address, Joe Townsend has crafted his own state of the union address geared toward CM professionals. To all of you configuration managers, developers, testers, and information technology workers, the state of CM is not good.

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It's Time to Be Clear about Agile SCM

By now, most of us are familiar with the agile software development methodology. Typically this methodology uses Scrum, Kanban, or some other discipline to help teams move rapidly and iteratively toward the completion of a software product. But what about agile software configuration management?

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Joe Farah
Are Change Packages Really Necessary in Software CM?

A change package in software configuration management goes by many names. The CM industry realizes that the change package concept is fundamental to software CM and that life without updates can be complex.

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Joe Farah
Tips for Effective Traceability in Software CM

Traceability provides the means to ensure that a product is correctly packaged and deployed. Joe Farah shares some tips that will help your team recognize proper traceability in order to keep track of and use data more efficiently when building a software product.

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Joe Farah