What's next after being a SCM specialist?

Jirong  Hu's picture
Jirong Hu asked on January 28, 2013 - 11:10am | Replies (3).

Hi All

I've worked as a SCM consultant for about 10 years, in the fields of configuration management (version control), build and deployment automation, change and release management, etc, most of time with IBM Rational tools in very large organizations such as banks, telcos and governments.

I feel I masted the principles in the first 5 years, and after that, just updating myself with newer tools and ideas such as from continuous integration to continuous delivery, etc.

This time I am working in the architecture team in the government, and my official title is Technology Architect, setup enterprise SCM solution including developing SCM processes. Now my manager (cheif architect) is suggesting me going down the path as a Solution Architect and then Enterprise Architect. I am interested, but my concern is I have been away from the real software development job for years. I mean we are not writing real java code, doing design patterns anymore. We just take the whole solution from IBM. I can work on solutions for SCM, but not sure if can for other fields/industries.

So what do you think? What's your caree path after being a SCM specialist?



3 Answers

Drew Benson's picture

Simple reply: ...........being a well paid SCM specialist..........

Slightly more complex reply: ........ being a well paid <whatever the current buzzword is> specialist......

Seriously - It doesn't matter what names or titles you either give yourself or get given! These will change from year to year and you may need to adapt your cv and your vocabulary to fit into the "flavour of the moment".......

Personally I would lose the "S" bit..... There is a wide market for "CM" not just "SCM" and all the principals of good process etc apply to all of them. (Note ALL not both - loads of "stuff" benefits from CM not just Software and Tin).

Keep upto date on the buzzwords (and even more detail ;-) ) so that you can talk the talk.....

Be prepared to defend your position and don't take all the bullsh*t and moonshine too seriously!!

Just take a step back and think about some of these (trendy) terms:
"Black Belt", "Scrum Master", "Agile", "Extreme programming" and even (forgive me) "Architect"......... 

All just ways of "sexing up" pretty mundane day to day stuff (pretty important stuff - don't get me wrong) to make it sound cool!!!!

Keep your head down, learn to speak the gibberish but make sure you keep your eye on the underlying value and you should go far!! 

Drew Benson's picture

I did type out an answer but the wonderful new system seems to have timed me out........ :-(

No error message so it might make it in somewhen.....

Jirong  Hu's picture
Jirong Hu replied on January 29, 2013 - 9:49am.

I want to reply to you but couldn't find a way!


I do agree with you on this, that's why I raised a another question regarding ITIL here:



Personally I would lose the "S" bit..... There is a wide market for "CM" not just "SCM" and all the principals of good process etc apply to all of them.

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