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List and Describe 5 elements that would be performed as part of an effective configuration management process ?
- Status Accounting
The planning stage involves defining the process for configuration management (Identification, Control, Status Accounting, audit), which roles will be responsible and accountable for each process (e.g. configuration librarian, Configuration Item Control, Project office), which tools will be employed e.g. version control software for a new software development, and the mechanism by which the process will be audited and by who.
The identification element consists of uniquely recording each of the products and sub products which will be produced as part of the project (usually through developing a product breakdown structure) and recording them within the configuration library with a unique entry, description and version number. This is not only for the physical products but also the products that help define them such as the product description, blueprints.
The control element is performed by the configuration item controller. It has strong links with the change control process in the once a change is approved the products are checked out of the configuration library, the changes developed, tested and signed off by the user before they are checked back in and recorded as a new version. This ensures items can be consistently and reliably released to a live environment improving reducing the chances of negative impact on BAU.
Status Accounting describes the current position of a product and includes the version number, current status (whether check out) or not, who has checked out the product and the history of any changes that have been made to product by who and when. Status Accounting is the responsibility of the configuration item controller. Through status accounting we can ensure which products and which versions have been tested signed off and implemented together.
Audit ensures that all of the products within the configuration management system match their real world equivalents. The project usually checks itself and spot checks are performed within our organisation by the project office. However external verification is also performed via audit who are external to the project. Audit will also check that the process for configuration management is being followed which is part of the PMP. This provides assurance and confidence to the sponsor.
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