Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Configuration management system , Configuration management plan and Change management control system

Configuration management system , Configuration management plan and

Change management control system

1. Configuration management system
Configuration management system in any project ensures that all the components of the project which  will impacted or changed / updated for any change request should get updates done.
For example, if any of your project's approved change request need some project's design document to be updated. Through configuration management activities, you can ensure that updates are correctly  implemented. In fact all the impacted components got the required changes.
As per PMBOK5, page # 96
Configuration control is focused on the specification of both the deliverables and the processes;
while change control is focused on identifying, documenting, and approving or rejecting changes to
the project documents, deliverables, or baselines.
Some of the configuration management activities included in the Perform Integrated Change Control
process are as follows:
- Configuration identification. Identification and selection of a configuration item to provide the
basis for which the product configuration is defined and verified, products and documents are
labeled, changes are managed, and accountability is maintained.
- Configuration status accounting. Information is recorded and reported as to when appropriate
data about the configuration item should be provided. This information includes a listing of
approved configuration identification, status of proposed changes to the configuration, and the
implementation status of approved changes.
- Configuration verification and audit. Configuration verification and configuration audits ensure
the composition of a project’s configuration items is correct and that corresponding changes are
registered, assessed, approved, tracked, and correctly implemented. This ensures the functional
requirements defined in the configuration documentation have been met.

2. Configuration management plan
Configuration management plan is required to define approach project manager wants to follow for
configuration management such as what configuration tool will be used in the project, frequency of
configuration audits, configuration of what all components need to be managed
3.Change management control system.
Change management of a project defines HOW the change requests will be managed in the project. Like
who will be reviewing / approving/ rejecting the change requests, who all be part of project's CCB
(Change Control Board), does project manager has any authority of approving any kind of change
Kshitij Yelkar
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