Software Configuration Management  Methods to Control Software Development Projects

The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL®) stores all the information that you need to know about anything that concerns Information Technology (IT), which includes configuration management. ITIL® recognizes a lot of different types of configuration management, and these include software configuration management and operation configuration management. While the latter focuses on how configuration items such as hardware, software and service definitions can be managed surrounding an IT infrastructure, software configuration management, on the other hand, deals on how to methodologically manage and control a software development project.

On a broader perspective, some of the objectives of software configuration management are the enumerated below:

(a) Identify the appropriate configuration for the project. (b) Control product release, as well as the changes that may take effect. (c) Record and report the status of project components. (d) Review all components in such a way that consistency is ensured. (e) Manage the tools and equipment utilized for builds. (f) Ensure project is adhering to the development process of the organization. (g) Manage hardware and software environments. (h) Promote teamwork to avoid communication gaps. (i) Track defects by ensuring traceability back to its source.

Indeed, software configuration management helps in finding out ways on how to make it easier for the development team to keep track the progress and histories of all the components of the project. Though there are a lot of software configuration management tools that can be used, still the success of the project depends on the team that handles it. If everyone is committed to ensure that every component of the project is well managed, then what can possibly go wrong?