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Cies
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Configuration Manager Role
      #541911 - 01/07/09 01:59 AM

I am a test manager, but have been asked by my management to define a wider organisation structure to support project quality - this to include test management, configuration management, release management and environment management.

I am enjoying doing my research, but am now unsure as to what a configuration manager's role and responsibilities should be. I can see that sourcing a tool or tools would fall into this remit, as would defining an overall configuration management process. But, day to day, what would this role realistically do? Everywhere I have worked, configuration management has been the responsibility of everyone - and guided/led by a technical lead or manager. But I just don't see it involving that many key responsibilities. What could/would he police? What am I missing here? I am sure that the opportunity to define and allocate the role would probably really help me as a test manager so all thoughts most gratefully appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: Cies]
      #542110 - 01/07/09 11:54 PM

Configuration Management is a very important process. you should be glad that you are assigned with ths role!
major Roles & responsibilities include:-

1)identifying/tracking and controlling the project. Or what is the Configuration Items(CI's)

2)also you will be responsible for the back up and archival of the project. it should happen periodically

3) you have to conduct the CSA (Configuration Status Accounting verification) also PCA and FCA internally. In simple- you should conduct audits

4)the most important role is to create the users and provide them with appropriate access rights, for whatever tool you are going to use

5) you should also draft a CM plan

6) you need to keep track of the labelling,baseling, check in/check out comments

Can i ask on what technology your project is working on?

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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: TnkerBell]
      #542170 - 01/08/09 03:45 AM

Hi tinkerb

Thank you very much for that, it is most helpful. I am not assigned with this role, but am identifying roles that are currently missing in the organisation, so that they may be filled.

This is for a programme (i.e. all projects in my organisation) so the technologies used are very varied. It is all Windows development though.

I can see that this role would be valid on a project, but don't believe a central configuration manager (over all projects) would be necessary?

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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: Cies]
      #542208 - 01/08/09 05:40 AM

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I can see that this role would be valid on a project, but don't believe a central configuration manager (over all projects) would be necessary?




i feel it is necessary.. infact one configuration manager for each project is required.. by this way SCM process area can be best handled! Again, it depends on your company.. how they want it

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Edited by tinkerb (01/08/09 05:42 AM)


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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: TnkerBell]
      #542234 - 01/08/09 07:22 AM

Quote:

Quote:


I can see that this role would be valid on a project, but don't believe a central configuration manager (over all projects) would be necessary?




i feel it is necessary.. infact one configuration manager for each project is required.. by this way SCM process area can be best handled! Again, it depends on your company.. how they want it




So are you saying you think it is necessary to have one overall configuration manager within the company, plus configuration managers allocated to each project?

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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: Cies]
      #542334 - 01/08/09 08:32 PM

yeah.. like you should have a CCB- Configuration Control Board for the whole company. And then have Configuration Managers for each project. Team leads/Project Leaders can be nominated for Configuration Managers.
A Configuration Manager can also be a part of CCB.

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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: TnkerBell]
      #542341 - 01/08/09 09:57 PM

Can anyone suggest some process improvements around SCM... activities beside the routine work which can be value addition ?

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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: joeey]
      #542345 - 01/08/09 10:44 PM

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Can anyone suggest some process improvements around SCM... activities beside the routine work which can be value addition ?




Can you elaborate what is "routine work"? in the sense what is routine work to you? so that i can think of something other than that

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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: TnkerBell]
      #558489 - 03/23/09 08:38 PM

I've copy-pasted the CM responsibilities for some roles. This is from the CM process we use. It could vary from organization to organization.
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1.3.2 Project Manager (PM)
Define the expectations for successful implementation of CM
Review and approve the CM Plan
Assign and monitor the resources and tasks of the CM function
Chair the CCB and coordinate its activities
In coordination with the CM, resolve non-compliances of the CM process

1.3.3 Configuration Manager (CM)
Plan and document the project CM activities
Perform CM tasks as described in the Tasks section of this process and the projects CM plan.
Collect CM related measurements and report on the process and product status to the PM
In coordination with the PM, resolve non-compliances of the process
Assign and monitor tasks of ACM, if applicable

1.3.4 Associate Configuration Manager (ACM)
ACM is designated as per the need of a project. This is also to prepare him/her for a CM role.

Assist the CM in CM tasks
Periodically report progress of CM tasks and make recommendations for process improvement to the CM

1.3.5 Change Control Board (CCB)
Review requirement change requests
Authorize requirement change requests

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Re: Configuration Manager Role [Re: Preston]
      #585363 - 08/12/09 01:03 PM

Hi

I am giving a similar role. I am being asked to create a document that lays out the configurations and the plan. Can anyone provide any input as to what this document should consist of?


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