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A Guide to Software Configuration Management (Artech House Computer Library)

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Alexis Leon is managing director of L & L Consultancy Services, providing software development consulting in India. Mr. Leon received his B.Tech and M.Tech. in Industrial Engineering from the Government College of Engineering Trivandrum, University of Kerala, India. He is a member of the Computer Society of India, the Indian Institute of Industrial Engineering, and the National Institute of Quality and Reliability. He is the author of more than 20 books on various computer topics.
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Product Details

  • Series: Artech House Computer Library
  • Hardcover: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Artech House (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580530729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580530729
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,013,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is not like the other books on SCM. It is written in an easy-to-read and jargon free style and explains the SCM concepts, advantages and benefits of SCM. It also tells you how to implement SCM and what are the problems that you should be aware off. The chapter on SCM tools is excellent and so is the chapter on SCM in very large projects. Overall a very practical and user-friendly book. As a project manager of a large development project (more than 60 people), I have greatly benefitied from this book.
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Good introduction to the topic of software configuration management. The field attracts those who (there is no way to say this kindly) have rather dry writing styles, but this was more accessible than most.
The book focused on preparing for a CM system, and provided adequate food for thought on some of the relevenat topics. However, details of implementation, and actual CM system use were neglected. Also would have been nice to include some appendices providing model CM plans and model suporting processes / procedures, but the book did provide a thorough list of resources.
All-in-all, a quick, accomodating read. Good introduction to SCM.
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This is definitely a "Start -here -first" type of book on a complex subject. The author provides a comprehensive yet easy to understand explanation of SCM and its importance in the software development life cycle. The phases and fundamental areas of SCM are covered and as added bonus, the author provides an extensive assessment of current tools available on the market to facilitate the implementation of SCM activities. This book serves well as a practitioner's guide for anyone embarking on a first effort to institute a SCM program in his or her software development environment.
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You must be searching for SCM books because either you want to know more about it, or you are implementing SW at your organization, or you trying to achieve SEI level x assessment, or you are a researcher! "Am I right?" Then, don't miss to read this book. Unlike other books that seem like tutorials on SCM, this an excellent book that enables you to gain the confidence you need to understand, plan, implement, and manage SCM in your organization. The author has used jargon-free language to explain SCM in a practical manner. The best part of the book is the appendix where you can find more SCM resources that are available on the Internet! For those who are looking for successful, hassle free implementation of software systems, this is the most convenient roadmap!
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Alexis Leon's "A Guide to Software Configuration Management" is an excellent book on the SCM subject. His writing style if very clear and easy to read. Mr. Leon has taken what can be a very confusing subject and made it clear not only to the programmer types but also to anyone involved with system projects. The book in broken down into very logical and progressive chapters that fit together to give an entire overview of the SCM process. The chapters can also be read independently as a valuable reference tool. The end of the book includes appendices of SCM web sites, a glossary and descriptions of SCM tools available today. This book is a must for anyone working on a project.
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By A Customer on October 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book covers the theory and practice of SCM in an easy-to-read style. The sections of theory and SCM tools are very useful for professionals, managers as well as tool users. The exhaustive bibliography and the section on SCM plan and SCM implementation have helped me in implementing SCM in my company. This book is a must read for all software professionals who are practicing configuration management in their projects, project leaders and project managers who want to develop a good software configuration management system in the projects/organizations and managers who are in-charge of tool selection and system implementation.
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