Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams: Balancing Sustainability and Speed

Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams: Balancing Sustainability and Speed

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By (author) Mario E. Moreira

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 302 pages
  • Dimensions: 188mm x 234mm x 20mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 21 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470746637
  • ISBN 13: 9780470746639
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 785,630

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Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams provides very tangible approaches on how Configuration Management with its practices and infrastructure can be adapted and managed in order to directly benefit agile teams. Written by Mario E. Moreira, author of Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap , columnist for CM Crossroads online community and writer for the Agile Journal , this unique book provides concrete guidance on tailoring CM for Agile projects without sacrificing the principles of Configuration Management.

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"Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams" is aimed at all levels of professionals in the Agile, Configuration Management, Project Management and Product Management field. It provides very tangible approaches on how Configuration Management with its practices and infrastructure can be adapted and managed in order to directly benefit Agile teams.Written by Mario E. Moreira, author of Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap, columnist for CM Crossroads online community and writer for the Agile Journal, this book provides concrete guidance on tailoring CM for Agile projects without sacrificing the principles of Configuration Management. When done properly, CM provides the lean and evolving structure needed for Agile projects to continue to run fast. CM and Agile can be a very powerful combination.Sprinkled throughout the book are "Pit Stops" which provide insightful CM and Agile information in bite size chunks as take-aways for the reader and to encourage reading on.Adapt to Continuous Integration and Build focusing on bite-size tasks, right-size branches, minimal merges, continuous build, and testing with teeth.Adapt CM Planning away from big-effort-up-front (BEUF) to an evolutionary approach, applying an iteration O, adapting CM roles and responsibilities, and considering wikis and other formats.Adapt CM to better support more effective Refactoring, Pair Programming, and Test Driven Development (TDD).Adapt CM to support Distributed Development for Agile teams when co-location is not an option by performing a distributed analysis and considering the best code access solution.Adapt CM to support Traceability, Baselines, Problem Management, CM Audit, CM Reporting, and lean metrics in an Agile context.Merge the mindsets of CM and Agile to form a very powerful partnership.Approach infrastructure for Agile through Infrastructure Envisioning for new products or Infrastructure Refactoring for existing infrastructure, minimizing infrastructure debt while considering infrastructure on-Premises or in-the-Clouds.Approach CM infrastructure for Agile through implementing CM Envisioning for new products following Agile methods or thru CM Refactoring to adapt CM for an existing products moving to Agile.Recognize CM tools that are a strategic Agile partner and how more modern CM features help with implementing Agile in an effective manner.Effectively evaluate CM and Agile tools to better suit your Agile needs.Effectively support your Agile needs when your organization, product team, or project must align with CM standards and frameworks.

Table of contents

Publisher's Acknowledgements . Preface . Acknowledgements . About the Author . Contributor Biography . 1 Introduction: Racing with Confidence. 1.1 Focus of this Book. 1.2 Who should Use this Book. 1.3 Navigation through this Book. 1.4 Value of this Book. 2 CMPrimer. 2.1 Brief History of CM. 2.2 CM Values. 2.3 CM Practices. 2.4 Benefits of CM. 2.5 CM Roles. 2.6 CM Mindset. 2.7 Relationship of CM to Culture, Methods, & Governance. 2.8 CM Resource Guide. 3 Agile Primer. 3.1 Brief History of Agile. 3.2 Agile Values (a.k.a., Manifesto). 3.3 Agile Methods. 3.4 Benefits of Agile. 3.5 Agile Personality Types. 3.6 Agile Roles. 3.7 Agile Mindset. 3.8 Moving to an Agile Culture. 3.9 Agile Resource Guide. 4 How CM and Agile Values Work Together. 4.1 Aligning Agile and CM Mindsets. 4.2 Supporting Agile and CM Values without Sacrifice. 4.3 Value of Retrospective to CM. 4.4 Agile Perspective of CM Practices. 5 Approaching Infrastructure for Agile. 5.1 Guiding Principles for Approaching Infrastructure. 5.2 Considerations for Approaching Infrastructure. 5.3 Infrastructure Envisioning. 5.4 Infrastructure Refactoring. 5.5 Owning on Premises or Renting in the Clouds. 6 Approaching the CM Implementation for Agile. 6.1 CM Envisioning. 6.2 CM Refactoring. 6.3 Automate, Automate, Automate for Agile. 7 Adapting CM Practices for Agile. 7.1 Adapting to Continuous Integration and Build. 7.2 Adapting CM Planning. 7.3 Adapting to Support Refactoring. 7.4 Adapting to Support Pair Programming. 7.5 Adapting to Support Test Driven Development (TDD). 7.6 Adapting to Support Agile Distributed Teams. 7.7 Adapting Change Control, Traceability, and Baselines. 7.8 Adapting CM Audit. 7.9 Adapting Problem Management. 7.10 Adapting CM Report and Review. 8 CM Tool as a Strategic Agile Partner. 8.1 CM Tool Support for Software Development. 8.2 The Agile Practices that Impact a CM Tool. 8.3 Evaluating Your Situation. 8.4 CM Tool Features that Facilitate Agile Development. 8.5 Integration with Your Agile Ecosystem. 8.6 Conclusion. 9 Evaluating Tools Suited for Agile. 9.1 Looking for Tools out there and in here. 9.2 Levels of Technology Evaluation. 9.3 Perform a Technology Evaluation. 10 Using CM Standards and Frameworks to Support Agile. 10.1 Importance of CM. 10.2 Compliance and IT Governance Requirements. 10.3 Communicating Your Approach to Senior Management. 10.4 Which Standards Should Be Considered? 10.5 Configuration Management Functions that are most Essential. 10.6 How do Frameworks such as Cobit, ITIL, CMMI, and RUP support Agile? 10.7 Achieving Synergy through Harmonization and Tailoring. 10.8 Conclusion. Bibliography. Index .