Chicago Software Process Improvement Network

(C-SPIN) Meeting


Thursday, March 4, 2004 6:00 – 8:30 PM


Special Location: 

Vernon Area Public Library

300 Olde Half Day Road

Lincolnshire, IL 60069



Agile Software Configuration Management

Brad Appleton


Program Overview

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 http://www.cmcrossroads.com/bradapp/acme.


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- 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Networking and Registration (Note -- We will not have refreshments.)

- 7:00 – 7:10 p.m. Overview of C-SPIN and Introductions

- 7:10 – 8:10 p.m. Presentation

- 8:10 – 8:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session


C-SPIN is made possible through the efforts of its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is composed of: Fred Ballard, Alan Berow,  Susan Bidwill, Kathy Brown, Steve Coffman, Alan Cohen, Susan Davidowski, Larry Dribin, Ross Fraser, Bob Freer, George Gatsis, Tony Kvitek, Donna Miller, Bob Pauwels, Nimmi Shamdasani, Scott Stribrny, and Lance Welter.


C-SPIN is a leadership forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and practical ideas. We promote achieving higher levels of process maturity, software quality and mutual respect. Companies, academic institutions, government organizations and individuals are invited.


There is no need to pre-register for the meeting, but please check in at the registration table when you arrive.


For more information regarding this meeting, C-SPIN, or the steering committee, contact George Gatsis at ggatsis@fsc.follett.com or (815) 578-7638.


To receive future announcements electronically, send your e-mail address (include name, address, company, phone) to George Gatsis at ggatsis@fsc.follett.com.


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