Any product configuration data solution must start with a comprehensive yet realistic Configuration Management Plan. The CM plan is the basis for what information to capture, how to acquire or migrate data, then how to manage that data throughout the lifecycle of a product or program.
A good configuration management plan should address a number of elements important in the creation, implementation, usage, and maintenance of a configuration management strategy and software solution. These CM plan elements include: project plan and milestones, organizational authority, role responsibilities, key definitions, requirements specification, configuration identification, configuration items and baselines, change control, configuration reporting, configuration status accounting, process automation and improvement, performance metrics, standards support, training, subcontractor and vendor support, system integrations and interfaces, and data management integrity, retention, and security.
Learn more what constitutes a good CM Plan in this recent CMsights article on What is a Configuration Management Plan.
CMstat’s certified Configuration and Data Management professionals have the expertise and experience to create a plan for your organization that will ensure you are getting all product information under control in the most efficient way possible. We bring our years of on-the-job experience and deep knowledge of industry best practices when developing CM and DM Plans for CMstat customers. Yet, instead of operating as the experts from afar, we collaborate with our customer’s team as an embedded partner where your employees participate and learn in the process.
CMstat offers four services to help our customers with reviewing, developing, updating, and auditing their Configuration Management Plans:
- Configuration Management Plan Review (CMPR) – An independent review of an existing configuration management plan using a multi-faceted analysis to assess its thoroughness in addressing the five core functions of CM which are configuration planning, identification, status accounting, change control, and verification and audits.
- Configuration Management Plan Develop (CMPD) – Undertake the discovery process to then develop a custom configuration management plan from start to finish that addresses the specific unique needs of an organization along with its products, processes, customers, and suppliers.
- Configuration Management Plan Update (CMPU) – Updating or rescuing an older CM Plan to accommodate changes in requirements, products, processes, workforce, customers, suppliers, and risks (technical, financial, and regulatory) that have occurred since the original plan was prepared.
- Configuration Management Plan Audit (CMPA) – A formal audit of configuration management procedures and processes to determine how well the CM Plan is actually being followed and supported across the organization and supply chain.
Read this post on Configuration Management Plan Review to see what elements CMstat examines in a review of an existing Configuration Management plan.
Contact CMstat today to see how we can help you develop a streamlined, successful, proven configuration management plan and process for management of your product data.