Take control of the software development process with this new book, a comprehensive explanation of Software Configuration Management (SCM). It provides everything you need to know – from the basic definition of SCM as a scientific tool that brings control to the development process, to the procedures for SCM implementation in your organization. You review each phase in the software development lifecycle, and learn how SCM can help you avoid pitfalls at every step.A Guide to Software Configuration Management explains the essential SCM lessons that you need to understand the mechanics of this development tool and how to implement it completely to save your organization time, money, and headaches. Using this guide, you learn how to create an SCM implementation plan, decide what additional SCM tools you may need, and understand how to evaluate SCM tools currently on the market. You also learn how to deal with SCM vendors and consultants, gain acceptance for SCM among your staff, and maintain an effective SCM plan over the long haul.SCM is explained in jargon-free language, allowing you to easily comprehend every step in the process, while gaining the in-depth knowledge you need to discern what specific SCM elements you need most. Without sermonizing, this book allows you to gain the confidence you need to understand, plan, implement, and manage SCM in your organization. Plus, the book includes a comprehensive list of SCM resources useful to all software development managers.