This book is the second edition A Guide to Software Configuration Management (ISBN: 1580530729). The change in name is a bit confusing, but the author explains why the name was changed--due to the change in scope, magnitude and coverage of the book.
Apart from the changed title, the most endearing features of the first edition--simple language, clear explanation of the fundamentals and lucid treatment of advanced topics--are still there. The first edition was a book that would get you as quickly up-to-speed on the basics and key issues. The second edition builds on the first edition. The language and writing style is still simple and easy to read. The fundamental concepts and the basic SCM functions are explained in clear and jargon free language. All the good aspects of the first edition are retained. But the chapters are revised, updated and enlarged to include the latest developments and to give a more thorough, comprehensive and in-depth coverage.
The chapter on SCM standards is an excellent primer on the various military and commercial SCM standards. The strengths and weaknesses of each standard is explained. The comparison of four representative standards- EIA-649, IEEE Std-828, ISO 10007 and MIL-STD-973-is very useful and informative. The chapter "Software Process Improvement Models and SCM" gives an overview of various SPI models like CMM, CMMI, ISO SPICE, BOOTSTRAP, Trillium, etc. and explains the role of SCM in process improvement with the help of the SPI models. The chapters on SCM plans, SCM organization SCM tools, SCM implementation, SCM operation and maintenance, SCM in special circumstances give sound and practical advice on the various aspects of SCM from SCM system design, to implementation, operation and maintenance.
In addition to providing a sound foundation on the SCM fundamentals, the book is an easy-to-digest reference to various practical aspects of SCM that are not found in most books and manuals. It is a virtual toolbox of information that can be readily put to use by the SCM practitioners.