Just finished reading Configuration Management: Theory, Practice and Application, and I must say this is the most comprehensive document I have ever read on the subject. It addresses theory, practice, and application, with many real-world examples of what happens when the principles of product/configuration management are not followed!
—Bill Dawson, SVP Product Management, Volvo Group
… the definitive guide to configuration management. No configuration manager should be caught without a copy of this book. … explores not only the technical aspects of the field, but the practical applications of configuration management in a wide variety of industries not just the technology field.
—Joe Townsend, Configuration Manager, Indiana Public Retirement System
… captures the essence and significance of configuration management. It provides the framework, tools, and practices that will enable any enterprise to successfully create and manage a framework for CM in a mass customization world. … A much-needed book and discussion at a critical time in the age of mass customization!
—Sundar Ananthasivan, Director of Global Engineering and Product Development—Couplings, Rexnord LLC
Finally a universal CM guidance which explains, by using practical examples, why configuration management is not only beneficial to the government area but adds tangible value across all market segments.
—Dirk Wessel, Chief CM Section, NATO Communications and Information Agency
Great book, lots of information, easy read, and applicable …. Many of the concepts apply to the everyday world and not just the corporate or government worlds.
—Steve Nissen, Software Quality Assurance, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
Well written and laid out to make it understandable, even to inexperienced CM practitioners … a recommended read.
—Sunil Mavadia, CM Department Manager, Digital Globe, LLC
Configuration Management: Theory, Practice, and Application details a comprehensive approach to configuration management from a variety of product development perspectives, including embedded and IT. It provides authoritative advice on how to extend products for a variety of markets due to configuration options.
The book also describes the importance of configuration management to other parts of the organization. It supplies an overview of configuration management and its process elements to provide readers with a contextual understanding of the theory, practice, and application of CM.
Explaining what a configuration item is and what it implies, the book illustrates the interplay of configuration and data management with all enterprise resources during each phase of a product life cycle. It also demonstrates the interrelationship of CM to functional resources.
Shedding light on current practice, the book describes CM baselines, configuration identification, management baseline changes, and acceptance criteria for end products. It also considers testing, inspection and evaluation, related CM standards, and reference data. Coverage includes the product life cycle, the supporting enterprise infrastructure, functional resources, product management, CM elements, data types, and control requirements.
Providing a systems perspective of the various elements of configuration and data management, the book explains how they relate to the enterprise and details proven risk management solutions for when things go wrong.
Features of the book:
- Explains what a configuration item is and what it implies
- Supplies an overview of configuration management and its process elements
- Describes configuration management baselines, configuration identification, management baseline changes, and acceptance criteria for end products
- Presents risk management solutions for when things go wrong
- Provides a systems perspective of the various elements of configuration and data management—explaining how they relate to the enterprise
- Provides critical link between product testing, quality, and configuration management
This is the first book on configuration management that takes readers on a journey that traces the management theory behind the things we produce and consume that starts in antiquity and continues through the evolutionary development to their current implementation. Understanding this back story is critical to grasping the implications of decisions made in the first 60 days of any development program, as these decision impact 90 percent of the downstream developmental costs. The book is resplendent with original artwork and real-world examples of how configurations are managed across all market segments—uniting theory with practice and application.
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