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  Configuration Control and Change Control - Similar yet Distinct

PMP: Configuration Control vs. Change Control
Configuration Control and Change Control are often used interchangeably. Both are related activities in the sense that they are concerned with "management of change". Both are subsets of the overall Configuration Management System. However, they are distinct activities with different focus, and one is not a substitute for other. This article is a follow-up to Configuration Management System - A Quick Refresher. In this article, we'll review Configuration Control and Change Control and learn how these two activities are similar, yet distinct.

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  Configuration Management System - A Quick Refresher for PMP

Configuration Management System Overview for PMP Certification According to the PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition, Configuration Management System is a subsystem of the overall Project Management System. It is a collection of formal documented procedures used to apply technical and administrative direction and surveillance to: identify and document the functional and physical characteristics of a product, result, service, or component; control any changes to such characteristics; record and report each change and its implementation status; and support the audit of the products, results, or components to verify conformance to requirements. It includes the documentation, tracking systems, and defined approval levels necessary for authorizing and controlling changes.

This definition is self-explanatory, isn't it? Well not quite. Unfortunately, this is a topic which isn't explained well in PMP prep guides. Even though most of us are using Configuration Management is some form or another on our projects, many PMPs and PMP aspirants I have talked to, do not understand this topic well. This article is the first in a series of articles that I'll do Configuration Management System. My aim is to present the information in a clear, concise and practical manner to help you understand this topic well. I may cross the boundaries of the PMP exam curriculum. I hope you will find the information useful.
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  Head First PMP vs. Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep

Head First PMP Certification Guide Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep Guide Which is the best PMP exam prep guide? On one side, we have Rita Mulcahy's best-selling PMP Exam Prep, which is favored by almost two-third of all PMP aspirants. On the other, we have books like O'Reilly's Head First PMP, which take a radically different approach to education. Rita tells you that if you don't follow her methodology, you'll fail the PMP exam. Head First authors try to convince you that professional training can be fun too. Selecting one of these study guides is a dilemma that many Project Managers face when they embark on their journey toward PMP certification. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at both the guides and compare them head to head.