- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (August 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321685865
- ISBN-13: 978-0321685865
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #717,004 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
From the Back Cover
Successfully Implement High-Value Configuration Management Processes in Any Development Environment As IT systems have grown increasingly complex and mission-critical, effective configuration management (CM) has become critical to an organization's success. Using CM best practices, IT professionals can systematically manage change, avoiding unexpected problems introduced by changes to hardware, software, or networks. Now, today's best CM practices have been gathered in one indispensable resource showing you how to implement them throughout any agile or traditional development organization. "Configuration Management Best Practices" is practical, easy to understand and apply, and fully reflects the day-to-day realities faced by practitioners. Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs thoroughly address all six "pillars" of CM: source code management, build engineering, environment configuration, change control, release engineering, and deployment. They demonstrate how to implement CM in ways that support software and systems development, meet compliance rules such as SOX and SAS-70, anticipate emerging standards such as IEEE/ISO 12207, and integrate with modern frameworks such as ITIL, COBIT, and CMMI. Coverage includes
- Using CM to meet business objectives, contractual requirements, and compliance rules
- Enhancing quality and productivity through lean processes and "just-in-time" process improvement
- Getting off to a good start in organizations without effective CM
- Implementing a Core CM Best Practices Framework that supports the entire development lifecycle
- Mastering the "people" side of CM: rightsizing processes, overcoming resistance, and understanding
- Architecting applications to take full advantage of CM best practices
- Establishing effective IT controls and compliance
- Managing tradeoffs and costs and avoiding expensive pitfalls
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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!
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. I liked the anecdotes about release mistakes causing chaos in the world economy and with critical life support systems, but they were too short and sketchy to fully illustrate their point. Elsewhere, such as in "Overcoming Resistance to Change", there seemed to be too many anecdotes with questionable relevancy. In several instances, the author brought up some good ideas but provided only a teaser level of detail - thus leaving them undeveloped.
I recommend "Configuration Management Best Practices". I learned from it, but it could have been better. I have a more detailed review on my blog "The IT Manager" at itmgr.org.