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Re: CVS and CMM workflow

From: Todd Denniston
Subject: Re: CVS and CMM workflow
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 09:59:39 -0500

Jorge Godoy wrote:
> Hello,
> Do any of you here work in a CMM certified company? I'm working with a
> company that is going to be certified and I am curious about some
> procedures to, at first, gather all evidences needed, specially
> authorization to start the work in some modules and the authorization
> to commit the changes (commiting is not hard, since there are logs,
> but the start is more problematic, specially with a very dynamic
> team).
Short answer: CMM specifies what policies you should have for the work you do,
not how to do that work, so we probably can't help much from here.  You'll
need the policies and procedures, that deal with this, from the actual company
you are working with.

Long answer:
My understanding of the CMM is that it indicates 'if you do a type of thing,
you will have procedures and policies for how it will be done'.  It does not
specify how to do something, that is what the procedures and policies are for,
and the procedures and policies will be specific to the way the organization
wants to do business.

Basically you need to ask the company you are going to be working with for a
copy of the appropriate procedures and policies, and read them.  Seeing as you
indicate you will be working 'with' and not 'for' the company a second set of
policies may come into play, those policies are for subcontractors.  The
policies for subcontractors allows them to let you be off in your own set of
policies and procedures, and tells you how they want to deal with the code you
give them and what policies you have to have in place.  If you are doing 'code
for hire' on site, directly with their cm system, though you will probably be
using their internal policies and procedures, we're back to ask them for the

Hope this is helpful.

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane) 
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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