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Describe 5 Roles Related To Configuration Management

Paul Naybour Paul Naybour

Published: 14th July 2012

Feels a bit short!!!!!  what do you think?


It is the Project Managers responsibility to ensure that the project has a suitable Configuration Management System.  The Sponsor must support the Project Manager in explaining the system to the Senior Stakeholders.

Specialists within the project support such as quality manager or configuration librarian will administrator the system and Team Members must adhere to the procedures set out in the Configuration Management Plan.

Five roles related to Configuration Management are:

Configuration Librarian – This role is often part of the Programme Office function.    The Configuration Librarian is the custodian of the configuration library and will ensure that the Project Manager and Team Members follow the correct procedures.

    Major tasks are:

·         Control the receipt, identification, storage and issue of all projects products

·         Provide information on the status of all products

Configuration Item Controller – will be responsible for individual configuration items.  They own the technical specifications and are responsible for the product delivering to those specifications.  It is the Configuration Item Controllers role to ensure that all items have been checked and updated if changes are to be made to a configuration item.

Project Manager – will produce the Configuration Management Plan and include within the Project Management plan. Responsible for ensuring all who work on the project are aware of the Configuration Management Plan and understand how the plan works.

Project Assurance – would include Configuration Management in the processes they audit.  It is this functions responsibility to perform the Configuration Management Audits at predetermined stages.

Project Team – responsible for developing the projects product and therefore must work in accordance with the procedures set out in the Configuration Management plan.  They may see it as a hindrance but if communicated properly will understand that it is in the best interest of the project.



  1. Paul says:


    it is quite a short answer. Remember the marking guidelines asked two or three sentences per point and you meet these criteria, so you should be alright.

    I’m not too sure about the role of project assurance, on many projects this wouldn’t be a permanent post, it would be often done externally, it might be worth mentioning this in your answer. Also it’s worth mentioning that configuration item controller is technical, done by design engineer or technical specialist.

    Other than that the answer is okay. Best of luck with the exam, get in touch if you need any more help.


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