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Effective software configuration management (SCM) strategies promote a healthy, team-oriented culture that produces better software. Software Configuration Management Patterns alleviates software engineers' most common concerns about software configuration management—perceived rigidity and an overemphasis on process.
Through the use of patterns, the authors show that a properly managed workflow can avert delays, morale problems, and cost overruns. The patterns approach illustrates how SCM can be easily and successfully applied in small- to mid-size organizations. By learning how these patterns relate to each other, readers can avoid common mistakes that too often result in frustrated developers and reduced productivity.
Key coverage includes instruction on how to:
Software Configuration Management Patterns also includes a detailed list of SCM tools and thorough explanations of how they can be used to implement the patterns discussed in the book. These proven techniques will assist readers to improve their processes and motivate their workforce to collaborate in the production of higher quality software.
Stephen P. Berczuk has been developing object-oriented software applications since 1989, often as part of geographically distributed teams. He has been an active member of the Software Patterns community since the first PLoP conference in 1994, and did early work on the relationship between organization, software architecture, and design patterns. He has an M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University and an S.B. in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Brad Appleton has been a software developer since 1987 and has extensive experience using, developing, and supporting SCM environments for teams of all shapes and sizes. A former Patterns++ section editor for the C++ Report, Brad is also well versed in object-oriented design and agile software development, and cofounded the Chicago Patterns and Chicago Agile Development Groups. He holds an M.S. in Software Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics.
Didn't meet my expectations. I purchased this book to learn the formalities of configuration management, since all I know about it is hands-on experience. Read morePublished 23 months ago by fmcf
This book outlines detailed SCM patterns that can be applied to any SCM provider. I use Microsoft Visual SourceSafe and Team Foundation Server at work and Git for open source... Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Eki
This book provides a good starting point for basic configuration management techniques. As it defines a pattern language, it is easy to read and easy to come back to for specific... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Ramon Jimenez
Based on the reviews, I had high hopes for this book especially because I knew nothing of Software Communication Management. Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by A. Delorme
When I first started reading this book, I was like, "This is common sense," but that's only because our lab already does many of the things outlined in this book. Read morePublished on February 10, 2009 by Slick Rhoads
The book content itself looks great - I've only just received it and started reading. However the print quality looks like it came out of a photo-copier. Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by I. Maclean
This is an outstanding book for software development teams that see software configuration management as a means to an end, not the end itself. Read morePublished on September 28, 2007 by Paul M. Duvall
I am surprised to apparently be the only person to find this book disappointing. Let me go into the details.
Physical book. Read more
Objective, clear and simple. War stories told by a intellectually savvy trooper are not complex. They tell us about complex scenarios in a simple way. Field experience. Read morePublished on March 21, 2007 by Ernani Santos