Program Management

Configuration Management Plan

The overall objective of the Configuration Management Plan is to document and inform project stakeholders about Configuration Management (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 be used to control program documentation and the program baseline (Technical, Functional, and Allocated).

Definition: A Configuration Management Plan is a management tool that defines, documents, controls, instructs,  implements, and manages changes to various components throughout a project.

Template: Configuration Management Plan Template

Purpose of a Configuration Management Plan

The purpose of a Configuration Management Plan is to define a 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

Configuration Management Plan Updates

The CM Plan should be updated periodically to reflect changes in procedures, rules, regulations, and best practices to maintain proper Configuration Management practices.

Sample Configuration Management Plan Outline

  • INTRODUCTION
    • Purpose
    • Background
    •  Scope
    •  Document Overview
    • References
  • SYSTEM OVERVIEW
  • CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT COMPONENTS
    • Organizations and Responsibilities
    • Configuration Identification
    • Configuration Change Control
    • Configuration Status Accounting
    • Configuration Reviews
  • CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT PROCESS
    • Process Overview
    • Classification
    • Evaluation
    • Modeling and Testing
    • Implementation
  • NEXT STEPS
    • Plan CM Implementation
    • Establish CM Folders
    • Identify CM Tools
  • Establish Change Control Board
  • APPENDIX A  FORMS
  • APPENDIX B  CHARTER
  • APPENDIX C  REFERENCES
  • APPENDIX D  APPROVAL

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Updated: 6/6/2021

Rank: G3.7

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