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Managing Software Debt: Building for Inevitable Change by Brent Barton, Chris Sterling

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Chapter 6. Configuration Management Debt

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If releases are like giving birth, then you must be doing something wrong.

Robert Benefield1

Overview of Configuration Management

As software development organizations grow, if automation of builds, versioning, and deployments are not well tended to they become difficult for teams to manage. To deal with the complicated nature of managing builds, versioning, and deployments, it is common for teams to hire a “build” person to focus on scripting these activities to automate them. A team becomes dependent on the build person for incorporating configuration and build monitoring so the rest of the team can ...

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