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How Configuration Management (CM) Can Help Project Teams To Innovate and CommunicateTraditionally, CM is relegated to a support role in project management activities. CM s traditional functions of identification, change control, status accounting, and audits/verification are still necessary and play a vital role. However, this presentation proposes CM s role in a new and innovative manner that will significantly improve communication throughout the organization and, in turn, augment the project s success. CM s new role is elevated to the project management level, above the engineering or sub-project level in the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), where it can more effectively accommodate changes, reduce corrective actions, and ensure that requirements are clear, concise, and valid, and that results conform to the requirements. By elevating CM s role in project management and orchestrating new measures, a new communication will emerge that will improve information integrity, structured baselines, interchangeability/traceability, metrics, conformance to standards, and standardize the best practices in the organization. Overall project performance (schedule, quality, and cost) can be no better than the ability to communicate requirements which, in turn, is no better than the CM process to communicate project decisions and the correct requirements.
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Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Cioletti, Louis
(Wyle Labs., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Subject Category
Administration And Management
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Meeting Information
Meeting: Seventh Annual NASA Project Management Challenge
Location: Galveston, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: February 9, 2010
End Date: February 10, 2010
Sponsors: NASA Headquarters
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