In a previous article - Configuration Management System - A Quick Refresher - we got an overview of the Configuration Management System. This article is the third in the series on Configuration Management. In this short article, we’ll look at the four main activities of a Configuration Management System.
Four component of a good Configuration Management System
- Configuration Identification - It is the process of identification of Configuration Items (CI) and developing a method to uniquely identify each individual CI. It helps answers the following questions:
- Which items are placed under configuration management?
- What are the components of the product?
- What is the structure (or configuration) of components in the product?
- What are the versions of the configuration items?
- Configuration Control - It is the activity of managing the product (or project's deliverables) and related documentation, throughout the lifecycle of the product. It answers the questions:
- Which items are controlled?
- How are changes controlled?
- Who controls the changes?
- Configuration Status Accounting - It involves the recording and reporting of all the changes to the configuration items. It tells us:
- What is the status of proposed changes?
- What changes have been made?
- When were the changes made?
- What components were affected by the change?
- Configuration verification and audit - It is the process of verifying the correctness of the product and its components in order to ensure conformance to requirements. It also means verifying the correctness of the Configuration Status Accounting information. It helps to:
- Ensure that all the configuration items have been correctly identified and accounted for.
- Ensure that all the changes have been registered, assessed, approved, tracked, and correctly implemented.
- Measure the effectiveness of the configuration management process.
PMBOK® Guide, 5th Edition, pg 96
3-part series on Configuration Management
- Configuration Management System - A Quick Refresher for PMP
- Configuration Control and Change Control - Similar yet Distinct
- The Four Components of a Configuration Management System (you are here)
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