Configuration Management Standards  In the Viewpoint of IEEE and ISO

When talking about configuration management, there are certain standards that need to be followed to ensure consistency as far as process documentation is concerned. The two institutions that are best known for their configuration management standards are Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

IEEE, a non-profit organization and is considered a leading authority for the advancement of technology, has devised a standard for software configuration management plan known as IEEE Std 828  1990 (superseded by IEEE Std 828  1998). It acts as a prototype on how software configuration management plans should be laid out. This plan is like the bread and butter of software configuration management, wherein all the activities needed to carry out in a software programs life cycle are indicated. These include the following: (a) Identification  determine the items that need to be carefully examined or looked at during the system lifecycle. (b) Control  evaluate and implement changes, if necessary. (c) Status Accounting  record and report the progress or status of the project. (d) Audits and Reviews  check whether the actual configuration item still reflects the required functional and physical attributes.

ISO, on the other hand, is a non-government organization with a network of national standards to meet business requirements and strategies. ISO 9000  3 is the standard used as a guideline to the development, maintenance and supply of software. Here are the key issues enveloping configuration management that ISO 9000  3 hopes to achieve: (a) Products exist earlier during design and development. (b) Software programs are proliferated easily.

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