Describe the advantages of an effective configuration management system

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    Paul Naybour

    Dear All

    A hard question this week, Describe five advantages of a effective configuration management system? Each advantage should be a paragraph of three sentences. Think about what would happen in a project without any configuration management and then this will help you to define the advantages. By the way the answer to this question is not in the book so you will have to think about it.



    Peter Morse

    Describe five advantages of an effective configuration management system?

    A configuration management system offers the following advantages to a project:
    1.It ensures that products conform to their initial specifications and that the way they interact with each other works. It does this through effective control, whereby should the specification of a product need to change, and then this is carefully annotated, with related products being checked for impact of the change to the product concerned.
    2.All components and sub-components are carefully itemised; often through a product breakdown structure. This means at both a macro and micro level there is a clear understanding of a product and its component elements and how they relate to each other.
    3.Stops waste and re-work; by ensuring changes to products are understood. This means project team members do not have to re-work activity, because a “master” product has enforced a change. With appropriate configuration planning, team members only have to complete the work once.
    4.Maintains project team morale; there is nothing more demoralising for a project team than the sense that their hard work is for nothing due to poor planning. A change to a specification of a product can have a detrimental effect when the team have to redo all their work.
    5.Supports supply chain communications: Many projects require a number of suppliers to produce specialist products for the project. If the project team are not clear on how these products work together, or are unable to document changes to specifications; communications with the supply chain will at best be muddled and confusing, or at worst be very expensive due to requirements for rework.

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