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Software Configuration Management Strategies and IBM® Rational® ClearCase®: A Practical Introduction, Second Edition by Tom J. Milligan, David E. Bellagio

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Chapter 1. What Is Software Configuration Management?

The title of this chapter asks such a simple question, the answer to which, one would think, ought to be known by anyone with any kind of record in software development. In reality, it seems that few are able to actually articulate what is meant by that term software configuration management.

To be fair, those who have a record in software development recognize that there is a need to control what is happening in the development process, and, once controlled, there is a sense that the process can be measured and directed. From that recognized need, then, comes a good working definition of software configuration management:

Software Configuration Management is how you control the evolution of ...

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