Software Configuration Management: A Clear Case for IBM Rational ClearCase and ClearQuest UCM

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 15 December 2004

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ISBN-10: 0738491594
ISBN-13: 9780738491592
IBM Form #: SG24-6399-00
(392 pages)

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Authors: Ueli Wahli, Jennie Brown, Matti Teinonen, Leif Trulsson


This IBM Redbooks publication describes configuration management in general and how it is implemented in the Rational products ClearCase and ClearQuest. The target audience for this book is anyone considering a software configuration management (SCM) solution, and in particular, project managers and configuration management leaders responsible for medium and large UCM deployments.

In Part 1 we introduce the general concept of software configuration management (SCM), and why software asset and lifecycle management is good business. We describe an SCM strategy that leads to the ClearCase and ClearQuest products.

In Part 2 we provide the details for planning and implementing SCM using a ClearCase environment, focusing on the test environment, network, servers, and clients.

In Part 3 we introduce ClearQuest, its terminology, the roles and responsibilities of the different types of users, and the infrastructure required for a UCM environment. We also provide the details for planning and implementing ClearQuest.

In Part 4 we introduce unified change management (UCM) using ClearCase UCM and ClearQuest, including design considerations for an effective UCM implementation, and how UCM is used to manage complexity by raising the level of abstraction.

In Part 5 we describe how to do parallel development in multiple geographical locations using ClearCase and ClearQuest MultiSite, including detailed procedures for planning and implementing MultiSite for a UCM environment.

Table of contents

Part 1. Introduction to SCM
Chapter 1. The quest for software lifecycle management
Chapter 2. Choosing the right SCM strategy
Chapter 3. Why ClearCase and ClearQues
Chapter 4. Mapping and terminology of the IBM Rational product set
Chapter 5. Planning for software configuration management
Part 2. Implementing ClearCase
Chapter 6. Planning for ClearCase
Chapter 7. Setting up ClearCase
Part 3. Implementing ClearQuest for UCM
Chapter 8. Planning for ClearQuest
Chapter 9. Setting up ClearQuest
Part 4. Implementing Unified Change Management
Chapter 10. Implementing UCM
Chapter 11. Managing complexity
Part 5. Implementing distributed UCM with MultiSite
Chapter 12. Planning for distributed development using MultiSite
Chapter 13. Setting up the distributed development environment
Chapter 14. Implementing MultiSite
Part 6. Appendixes
Appendix A. Sample SCM plan template
Appendix B. Base ClearCase quick guide
Appendix C. ClearCase administration directory files
Appendix D. Creating ClearQuest parent-child linked records
Appendix E. WebSphere Studio and Eclipse integration best practices
Appendix F. Additional material

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