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The Role of the Configuration Manager. The
configuration manager is responsible for the application
of these techniques. In doing so, the configuration
manager performs the following functions:
4.7.3 Conceives and manages the configuration
management system, and documents it in the
Configuration Management Plan
Acts as secretary of the configuration control
board (controls the change approval process)
Controls changes to baseline documentation
Controls release of baseline documentation
Initiates configuration verification audits.
Data Management For any project, proper data management is
essential for successful configuration management.
Before a project team can produce a tangible product, it
must produce descriptions of the system using words,
drawings, schematics, and numbers (i.e., symbolic
information). There are several vital characteristics the
symbolic information must have. First the information must be shareable. Whether it is in electronic or paper
form, the data must be readily available, in the most
recently approved version, to all members of the project
Second, symbolic information must be durable.
This means that it must be recalled accurately every
time and represent the most current version of the
baseline. The baseline information cannot change or
degrade with repeated access of the database or paper
files, and cannot degrade with time. This is a non-trivial
statement, since poor data management practices (e.g.,
allowing someone to borrow the only copy of a
document or drawing) can allow controlled information
to become lost. Also, the material must be retained for
the life of the program/project (and possibly beyond),
and a complete set of documentation for each baseline
change must be retained.
Third, the symbolic information must be
traceable upward and downward. A database must be
developed and maintained to show the parentage of any
requirement. The database must also be able to display
all children derived from a given requirement. Finally,
traceability must be provided to reports that do...
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