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Reports and Papers:

1. Configuration Management from a Developer's Perspective (2001), Bendix L., O. Vinter - Proceedings of the Ninths European International Conference on Software Testing Analysis and Review, EuroSTAR 2001, EuroSTAR Conferences, Galway, Ireland.

Configuration Management

At Brüel & Kjær I was responsible for a number of software process improvement projects. Focus on one of these was to improve the efficiency of the configuration management process. The results of this will be presented below. The results of the other process improvement projects can be found via the main page.

Improvement Project at B&K

In June 1999 we started an experiment to improve the configuration management process at Brüel & Kjaer. Unfortunately this was not completed before the end of the large Danish software process improvement project Center for Software Process Improvement (CSPI).

In order to find the real causes behind some of the configuration management problems, that Brüel & Kjaer had experienced, we used a problem diagnosis technique based on interviews with developers, project managers, and persons responsible for software quality.

These interviews changed the focus of the improvement project from a perspective of documenting/updating existing configuration management procedures to one of workshops creating a better understanding with developers for the value of configuration management as seen from their perspective, so that they could create themselves the optimum framework and procedures for configuration management on their projects.

We were ready to introduce the new principles for improvement of configuration management on the first projects in September 1999, but ran into the resistance of the development management against our approach to solving the configuration management problem. The planned experiment was terminated before the ideas had been tried in practice.

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Configuration Mangement from the Developers' Perspective

Configuration management is normally regarded as a quality control discipline focusing on managing changes to products, which have been released to the market. Through interviews with developers, project managers, and persons responsible for quality we have, however, found that there is an equally important need for using configuration management techniques even during the development process itself.

This led os to work on alternative metaphors for configuration management concepts, so that we could better match the developers' own need for configuration management. We have incorporated the metaphors in a workshop format, where the developers learn to work with the configuration management techniques.

The work on defining configuration management from the developers' perspective has been performed together with Lars Bendix, who is a researcher specialising in configuration management. The result is now presented in the form of a one day workshop, which we can give for developers on development projects. The workshop was held the first time as a one day tutorial at EuroSTAR 2001 in Stockholm: Configuration Management from a Developer's Perspective [1].

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Seminarer og Præsentationer

We give a one day workshop titled: "Configuration Management from a Developer's Perspective" [1]. The workshop is designed to be held when a project team should decide how they are going to use configuration management on their project. The idea is that the project team after the workshop can formulate all their configuration management procedures so they fit exactly their project. The optimum would be to have one of the company's process consultants participate in the workshop, so the results can be incorporated in the process improvement programmes of the company.

I also give presentations on this subject varying from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on your needs.

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