[Chicago-talk] tonight in vernon hills: Agile Software Configuration Management

Ed Summers ehs at pobox.com
Thu Mar 4 12:56:12 CST 2004

Short notice, but just in case your in the area and haven't seen it 
accounced already. Brad is a CPAN author, so there is a Perl connection
here. I'm planning on being there. 


Agile Software Configuration Management: Brad Appleton

How can software configuration management be compatible with agile software
development? Aren’t the two diametrically opposed to one another? Sometimes it
may seem that way. There is a commonly perceived tension between SCM and
development agility that makes it difficult to achieve an effective (if
precarious) equilibrium between the two. This program explores some of the ways
to achieve that equilibrium.

Brad Appleton is co-author of Software Configuration Management Patterns:
Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration. He is also a monthly columnist for
the CMCrossroads newsletter at CMCrossroads.com, a "CM Zone" content advisor for
Better Software magazine's website (formerly STQE magazine), and a former
section editor for The C++ Report. Brad has been a software developer and SCM
professional since 1987 with extensive experience using, developing, and
supporting SCM solutions for teams of all shapes and sizes. He has spent over a
decade in comprehensive study of SCM tool usage best-practices across the
industry (e.g., branching best-practice patterns for parallel software
development) in hopes of capturing and disseminating them broadly to improve the
current practice of SCM.

Brad is also well versed in agile development, object-oriented design, and
software architecture and cofounded the Chicago Agile Development and Chicago
Patterns Groups. He holds an M.S. in Software Engineering and a B.S. in Computer
Science and Mathematics. His SCM website is at

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