Culture of Comfort
When was the last time you put a stamp on a handwritten card? Can you remember when you last walked into a video rental store or had a conversation with your bank teller? We've indulged ourselves in the conveniences of technology. Facebook wall posts are the norm to communicate with friends. Netflix, Redbox and Movies on Demand have taken over the video rental industry and mobile banking may alleviate the need to visit a bank in person ever again! With all of these amenities that have added convenience to our lives, does it make sense to continue managing software development through email and phone calls when there are more efficient options? The answer, of course, is NO.
Source Control Management Systems (SCM's) are most commonly geared towards large teams spread across multiple time zones. The overall goal is to alleviate the complexities that developers encounter. Imagine having an archive of all your code changes over time in one centralized location. In an instant, you'll be able to view the entire history of your project. By enabling them to write code in their own work space, developers are now able to work smarter by utilizing SCM features like these to stay on track:
- Custom work items that look and behave the way you want them to, smartly linked together.
- Individualized Plans- Agile, waterfall, or a hybrid approach. See immediate impact of a plan change.
- Ownership of code- Create, undo, share, update, review, suspend, resume, patch.
- Team sharing keeps everyone on the project in the loop.
- Personalized Dashboards that are easy-to-create and web-based making status meetings obsolete.
- Open for Integration!
The most important benefit to using an SCM is visibility. Status meetings, email communication and phone calls are a thing of the past. Managers can get a health check on any project they're overseeing in an instant. Dashboards can be customized to show work progress, dependencies, utilization and any other factoid that may be useful.
If you're looking to implement an SCM into your Software Development Lifecycle, Contact PacGenesis for more information!