Program Management

Configuration Management Plan

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The overall objective of the Configuration Management (CM) Plan is to document and inform project stakeholders about CM within a project, what CM tools will be used, and how they will be applied by the project.  The CM Plan details the methodology that the Program Manager (PM) and systems engineer will used to control program documentations and the program baseline (Technical, Functional and Allocated). As necessary, this CM Plan may be updated periodically to reflect changes in procedures, rules, regulations, and best-practices to maintain proper CM practices.

Template: Configuration Management Plan Template

The CM Plan defines the project’s structure and methods for:

  • Identifying, defining, and baselining configuration items (CI)
  • Controlling modifications and releases of CIs
  • Reporting and recording status of CIs and any requested modifications
  • Ensuring completeness, consistency, and correctness of CIs
  • Controlling storage, handling, and delivery of the CIs

Sample Configuration Management Plan Outline

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. Purpose
    2. Background
    3.  Scope
    4.  Document Overview
    5. References
  2. SYSTEM OVERVIEW
  3. CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT COMPONENTS
    1. Organizations and Responsibilities
    2. Configuration Identification
    3. Configuration Change Control
    4. Configuration Status Accounting
    5. Configuration Reviews
  4. CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT PROCESS
    1. Process Overview
    2. Classification
    3. Evaluation
    4. Modeling and Testing
    5. Implementation
  5. NEXT STEPS
    1. Plan CM Implementation
    2. Establish CM Folders
    3. Identify CM Tools
  6. Establish Change Control Board
  7. APPENDIX A  FORMS
  8. APPENDIX B  CHARTER
  9. APPENDIX C  REFERENCES
  10. APPENDIX D  APPROVAL

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