Saturday, March 3, 2012

Agile Configuration Management (1): Does it Make Any Sense?

Lean thinking is one of the pillars of Agile software development. This title: "Lean Configuration Management for Agile Teams" is the latest workshop I'm conducting at SECC. Now, I'm giving my self an opportunity to write, why this topic is important.

Configuration Management is one of the great successes of Software Engineering. It was marked by great persons like Gerald Weinberg as one of the achievements of software engineering is the 90's. However, the older the topic, the heavier it became. It is currently perceived that a middle size company would need about 7-10 templates, 4-5 procedures, and many sub-activities to implement a "good" configuration management environment.

In this workshop, I tried to dig into the essence of CM, and what is really useful about it. I have gone through texts dealing with this topic, and reviewed all the previous implementations I have gone through. I tried to bridge a link between theory and practice. I was doing this in order to answer the question of one of my colleagues asking: "All of this stuff have absolutely no value, why are we doing this?". I was also trying to answer another question about how to become a CMMI-L3 company, while still Agile and Lean, specially with regard to CM process area.

Actually, many of the practices which is currently implemented as part of the CM process adds no or little value, or may add value is other contexts, other than software development. Also, I have seen many practices or real value, but implemented in a completely incorrect manner, which made it of no value for this specific company or team.

It is time to implement "lean" configuration management, which achieves the utmost benefit for the team, with the minimal waste or overhead. keep watching my next posts.


MichaelGallinger said...

Interesting approach, a nice read. Would like you to test a free evaluation copy of the best process improvement software's out there and review it as well, I am thinking f buy the software but can not make up my mind. your blog is subscribed!

kumari said...

Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

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