Configuration Management

Configuration management is generally a subsystem of the project management information system. It involves managing approved changes and project baselines. I'll talk about each of these topics later in this chapter.

The following items are what the PMBOKĀ® Guide notes as activities associated with configuration change management in the Perform Integrated Change Control process:

Configuration identification Configuration identification describes the characteristics of the product, service, or result of the project. This description is the basis that's used to verify when changes are made and how they're managed. Configuration identification is also used to label products or documents, manage changes, and verify changes.

Configuration status accounting This activity doesn't really have to do with financials as you might guess from its title. It's about accounting for the status of the changes by documenting and storing the configuration information needed to effectively manage the product information. This includes the approved configuration identification, the status of proposed changes, and the status of changes currently being implemented.

Configuration verification and auditing Verification and audits are performed to determine whether the configuration item is accurate and correct and to make certain the performance requirements have been met. It assures that changes are registered in the configuration management system and that they are assessed, approved, tracked, and implemented correctly.

Exam Spotlight

Understand for the exam that configuration management involves identifying the physical characteristics of the product, service, or result of the project (or its individual components); controlling changes to those characteristics; and documenting changes to verify that requirements are met. It also includes the change management system and documents the process for requesting, tracking, and determining whether change requests should be approved or denied.

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