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Configuration Management

Configuration management is an important aspect of program/project management (P/PM).

According to Wikipedia, Configuration management (CM) is a systems engineering process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product's performance, functional, and physical attributes with its requirements, design, and operational information throughout its life. The CM process is widely used by military engineering organizations to manage changes throughout the system lifecycle of complex systems, such as weapon systems, military vehicles, and information systems. Outside the military, the CM process is also used with IT service management as defined by ITIL, and with other domain models in the civil engineering and other industrial engineering segments such as roads, bridges, canals, dams, and buildings.

According to APM (UK), configuration management encompasses the administrative activities concerned with the creation, maintenance, controlled change and quality control of the scope of work. To see additional information from APM, click here.

The resources shown below should be useful to those who need to establish or improve their configuration management processes.

 

Organizations

 

Papers, Reports and Studies

Managing change in the delivery of complex projects: Configuration management, asset information and ‘big data’ – Published in 2015, the authors – Whyte J., Stasis A. and Lindkvist C. – present configuration management applied in three different cases – Airbus, CERN and Crossrail – showing how it works and how big data and large datasets are used. At the end of each case, challenges in the application of configuration management are described. To read paper, click here.

 

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