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Configuration Management Best Practices: Practical Methods that Work in the Real World Paperback – August 20, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0321685865 ISBN-10: 0321685865 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321685865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321685865
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Configuration Management Best Practices


“Understanding change is critical to any attempt to manage change. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs’s Configuration Management Best Practices presents fundamental definitions and explanations to help practitioners understand change and its potential impact.”

–Mary Lou A. Hines Fritts, CIO and Vice Provost Academic Programs, University of Missouri-Kansas City


“Few books on software configuration management emphasize the role of people and organizational context in defining and executing an effective SCM process. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs’s book will give you the information you need not only to manage change effectively but also to manage the transition to a better SCM process.”

–Steve Berczuk, Agile Software Developer, and author of Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration


“Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs succeed handsomely in producing an important book, at a practical and balanced level of detail, for this topic that often ‘goes without saying’ (and hence gets many projects into deep trouble). Their passion for the topic shows as they cover a wonderful range of topics–even culture, personality, and dealing with resistance to change–in an accessible form that can be applied to any project. The software industry has needed a book like this for a long time!”

–Jim Brosseau, Clarrus Consulting Group, and author of Software Teamwork: Taking Ownership for Success


“A must read for anyone developing or managing software or hardware projects. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs are able to bridge the language gap between the myriad of communities involved with successful Configuration Management implementations. They describe practical, real world practices that can be implemented by developers, managers, standard makers, and even Classical CM Folk.”

–Bob Ventimiglia, Bobev Consulting


“A fresh and smart review of today’s key concepts of SCM, build management, and related key practices on day-to-day software engineering. From the voice of an expert, Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs offer an invaluable resource to success in SCM.”

–Pablo Santos Luaces, CEO of Codice Software


“Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs have a gift for stimulating the types of conversation and thought that necessarily precede needed organizational change. What they have to say is always interesting and often important.”

–Marianne Bays, Business Consultant, Manager and Educator

About the Author

Bob Aiello is the editor-in-chief for CM Crossroads and a consultant specializing in software process improvement, including software configuration and release management. Mr. Aiello has more than 25 years of experience as a technical manager in several top NYC financial services firms where he had companywide responsibility for CM, often providing hands-on technical support for enterprise source code management tools, SOX/Cobit compliance, build engineering, continuous integration, and automated application deployment. Mr. Aiello is the vice chair of the IEEE 828 Standards working group (CM Planning) and is a member of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards Committee (S2ESC) management board. He is a longstanding member of the steering committee of the NYC Software Process Improvement Network (CitySPIN), where he has served as the chair of the CM SIG. Mr. Aiello holds a master’s degree in industrial psychology from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and math from Hofstra University.


Leslie Sachs is the COO of Yellow Spider, Inc., which specializes in providing CM-related consulting services that are aligned with the practices described in this book. Ms. Sachs also writes about applying personality to technology endeavors in her column titled Personality Matters. A New York State Certified School Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Sachs has worked in a variety of clinical and business settings where she has provided many effective interventions designed to improve the social and educational functioning of both individuals and groups. Ms. Sachs has a Masters of Science degree in school and community psychology from Pace University and interned in Bellevue Hospital’s famed Psychiatric Center in NYC. A firm believer in the uniqueness of every individual, she has recently done advanced training with Mel Levine’s All Kinds of Minds Institute.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Gaw on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Configuration Management Best Practices" is a sharing of process wisdom by one who is obviously a seasoned practitioner. Author Robert Aiello has spent some time in the trenches of the Unix and Java platforms and has learned best practices the hard way. (Note that the text is indeed heavily oriented toward Java ... .NET-related comments are an obvious after-thought. Which is okay as the book is not a technical deep dive, but the reader should just beware.)

The author presents his subject in four parts. In the first part, "The Core CM Best Practices Framework", the author subdivides into six functional areas which he describes in a similar manner. This section is certainly worthwhile and captures the activities, but I was confused by the normalization of the material: trying to distinguish between build v release v deployment seems to add at least one section too many, regardless of what the official terminology is. The next part on "Architecture and Hardware Configuration Management" was only few short pages and provided little value for me. Part 3 on "The People Side of CM" brought up some interesting ideas, but I question whether they fit with the theme of this book. In Part 4, the author hit his full stride with an excellent survey on frameworks and compliance in the context of SCM.

"Configuration Management Best Practices" is good content in need of a better editor. The abstractions resulted in confusion and repetition, especially in Part 1. While the text was not riddled with typos and grammar mistakes, there were a noticeable few. Legal outline numbering works well in white papers and SOWs, but I don't think it added much to this book beyond confusion (At one point, paragraph numbering was five levels deep!). The use of anecdotes produced mixed results.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marc Towersap on October 7, 2010
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Great book! It's not really technical, it doesn't have script examples, and doesn't enter into the use-this-tool vs. that-tool debate. It's not specific to a particular set of tools, which is great. The value of this book is that it focuses more on establishing approaches to SCM. Items include how to attack SCM problems, items to consider, and even how to approach things from a people perspective. Often we get so focused on the technical side we may miss the people side. I will be using what I've learned from this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Di Fulvio on August 28, 2010
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I have reviewed this book and I am not surprised how right on the money it is! I know Bob from CMCrossRoads so I am not surprised that the book is a very useful, and right on point, to the subject of CM in today's corporate world!

I have many books on the subject and most are very dry, and text book like! It is great to have a more 'real' book on the subject that takes the task of SCM and makes it easy for anyone to understand! My only fear is he is going to take some of my future clients away from me as they will understand the subject too well!!...8-) LOL

Great job guys!

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