From the category archives:

Configuration Management

(Sources: ITIL and DOD/MIL) Configuration Management is a discipline that has always been applied as a complement to system engineering, hardware, software, and application development and production (a developed or engineered product/system ) but over the years has been misunderstood and distorted by some industries outside of the Military and aerospace (MIL /DOD Standards); often [...]

“I was still having problems with understanding Configuration Management but after reading your book, I do know why I was having difficulties with the entire development life cycle focusing only on software version control and software library development.” Those who have purchased the book, (Management Control and Quality! – Software/Firmware Configuration Management – available in [...]

Configuration Management Best (and Good) Practices

by E.R. Williams

1. Perform Configuration Management up front and throughout projects and programs (See book and articles to understand and apply Configuration Management) 2. Conduct an assessment, if required 3. Select tools, methodologies * 4. Perform Requirements, Design, and Product Management 5. Prepare a requirements document/documentation or specification with a traceability matrix. For the Agile development process [...]

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Configuration Management (CM) is Misunderstood

by E.R. Williams

For Configuration Management (CM) we have been concentrating so much on software and version control, (tools and applications), that we have forgotten that CM begins before you have the software or its components and modules (units). See definition for CM in Software/Firmware Configuration Management. With this misunderstanding comes the following that I have still encountered [...]

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Configuration Management Clarified

by E.R. Williams

I wanted to address a real problem that we in the IT industry seem to think has gone away. Understanding What Configuration Management (CM) is. As stated in Software/Firmware Configuration Management and in articles. ……. There’s simply no problem with explaining what CM is by discussing and addressing each of its processes/activities (no different than [...]

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IT Standards, Past and Present

by E.R. Williams

There are many standards, past and present, and if we use and study them we would see that they have been the basis of what we have today in many technologies and best/good practices (realizing also that each continues to be changed and/or improved). It is very interesting to trace a standard’s history and to [...]

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As IT professionals much of our project information is not quite organized and much of our lessons learned go undocumented. What does that say for the 21th Century?

by E.R. Williams

Have we learned from the past failure of projects? That is the question for 2010 and beyond. I am not sure we have. Although there have been improvements, how much is the question? Some researches seem to say that a significant increase of 100%. 100% of what? When the rate for successful projects is not [...]

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Federal Regulations for Pharmaceutical and Healthcare

by E.R. Williams

It seems to be correct that configuration management could have saved money during Y2K. Within the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical industries, compliance with HIPAA and Part 11, respectively, is still becoming a challenge. You state that configuration management could be helpful with compliance. Why? Yes, Configuration Management could have been helpful then and now. If the [...]

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Lessons Learned

by E.R. Williams

Sometimes we don’t want to admit we have made a mistake or that there were issues with a process or its activities. But how else are we to correct our mistakes and learn from our mistakes; to improve. Whether one thinks it can lead to finger pointing is not a reason not to have the [...]

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A restatement about lessons learned…

by E.R. Williams

RayAnn received another several emails recently but they were questions that you would have thought were part of the past. The emails indicated that the managers were documenting lessons learned and having a end-of- the-project meeting to discuss lessons that were only gathered after or during the last phase of the project. Unbelievable! Hear is [...]

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