Configuration Management (CM) is a core process in any development activity. Software engineers realise this more than any other discipline, but for many software teams using Subversion as a source code repository is as far as they get. Configuration Management is a lot more than this.
These articles introduce the fundamental concepts of Configuration Management and what they mean to the development team. Revision control is the most well known and understood CM activity but few extend this to develop artefact change policies; and even fewer develop comprehensive review policies.
Change Management is the key to controlling your software development. Without Change Management projects rely on heroic efforts and (often!) blind luck to deliver.
I’ll introduce a new set of patterns to control branching within a source control system. Coupled with effective Change Management these patterns can save many hours of effort in maintaining the source control repository (a common problem in large repositories)