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Educating users in the concepts of versioning

From: Daniel Patterson <danpat_at_adaptiveinternational.com>
Date: 2003-05-02 03:10:43 CEST

Hello all,

  We're embarking on a process of rolling out svn as a general
  file versioning/sharing solution across our company. I'm hoping
  one day to eliminate all the dodgy file-shares floating around
  our network currently.

  We're a small-medium sized consulting company, with staff ranging
  from complete tech-heads to complete nuffers who can't draw the
  the distinction between email and voicemail.

  Our primary business is developing solutions for customers, which
  usually, if we're not sending staff onsite, means the full SDLC
  treatment (requirements, design, implementing, testing, iteration..)
  and we've been using CVS in the past to try and keep control
  of the release cycle (whether it be code release, requirements
  etc). We've been investigating Subversion as a potential cure for
  CVS's main problems and we're pretty satisfied that it does that
  (and promises so much more in the future).

  At this point, I want to start educating our staff as to the proper
  behaviour when using a versioning system. At the moment, the volume
  of education required seems enormous, so I'm trying to hunt down
  resources to help with this process, but there doesn't seem to be
  that much to be had (I found one CVS training site written in 1995).

  Has anyone else had any experience doing any decent amount of training
  for users using a file versioning system? The requirements for
  education range from a simple "checkout, make your changes, checkin"
  for the HR and Marketing staff, to the full release cycle and its
  impact on the filesystem (branches, tags, merging, changesets, etc).

  Has anyone written, read or have reference to any decent resources
  that could be used as a springboard for my efforts? I'm looking for
  books, quizes, exams, tests, tutorials, reference cards, etc.

  The Subversion book has already formed part of the quiver :)


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