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Adaptable Process Model
Assessing the SCM Process

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Assessing the SCM Process

    Software configuration management (SCM) (SEPA 5/e, Chapter 9) is intended to help control software engineering work products and the changes that are often made to them. The checklist that follows is NOT intended as a complete SCM audit, but the more questions that elicit a negative response, the lower the likelihood that an SCM audit would be successfully passed (see also the questions noted in SEPA 5/e, Section 9.6).

  • Have you developed an SCM plan for the project?
  • Are the procedures defined in the SCM plan followed by the software project team?
  • Have you developed an identification scheme for all work products? Is the identification scheme used?
  • Has a repository or library been established for configuration items (objects)?
  • Have baselines been established?
  • Has a change control authority been defined?
  • Does a written change control procedure exist? Is it followed by all project teams?
  • Are "check in" and "check out" procedures used for all SCIs.
  • Is every change request accompanied by documentation?
  • Are change reports and/or engineering change orders generated for all change requests that are approved?
  • Does a version control process exist? Is it followed by all project teams?
  • Can an existing SCI be retrieved in less than 5 minutes? Can the version of the SCX be identified immediately? Is it possible to identify all related SCIs in less than 5 minutes?
  • Is a change log maintained?
  • Are changes reported to those with a need to know?
  • Are formal reviews conducted prior to the release of a changed SCI?

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