Configuration Management Best Practices

Practical Methods that Work in the Real World

This two-day course introduces the technology professional to the principles, concepts, and hands-on best practices necessary to establish comprehensive configuration and release management functions.

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Description
  • Implement effective source code management practices including multiple variants
  • Automate application build, package and deployment
  • Establish effective IT controls that can support IT governance and compliance
  • Utilize industry standards (e.g. IEEE, ISO, EIA) and frameworks (e.g. Cobit, ITIL) to establish best practices
  • Create a configuration management function that continuously grows and improves

Based upon industry standards and frameworks this course introduces the technology professional to all of the principles, concepts and hands-on best practices necessary to establish comprehensive configuration and release management functions. Discussing both CM as it is practiced in product companies and IT organizations; Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs provide expert guidance on establishing configuration management best practices

Questions? 888.268.8770 [email protected]
Course Outline

Configuration Management Concepts
Configuration identification
Status accounting
Change control
Configuration auditing (physical and functional)

Source Code Management
Baselines
Sandboxes and workspaces
Variant management
Handling bugfixes
Streams
Merging
Changesets

Build Engineering
Versions IDs and branding executables
Automating the build
Build tools to choose from including Ant, Maven, Make and MS Build
Role of the build engineer
Continuous integration

Environment Configuration
Supporting code promotion
Implementing tokens
Practical use of CMDBs
Managing environments

Change Control
Types of change control
Rightsizing the change control process
The 29 minute change control meeting
Driving the process through change control

Release Management
Packaging the release
Ergonomics of release management
RM as coordination
Driving the RM process

Deployment
Staging the release
Deployment frameworks
Traceability
Architecting Your Application for CM
CM-driven development
How CM facilitates good development
Build engineering as a service
Hardware CM
Managing hardware configuration items
Hybrid hardware/software CM
Process Engineering (Rightsizing)
Agile/waterfall
Hybrid approaches
Agile process maturity
Establishing IT Governance
Establishing IT governance
Transparency
Improving the process
What You Need to Know About Compliance
Common compliance requirements
Establishing IT controls
Standards and Frameworks
What you need to know about standards and frameworks
CM Assessments
Evaluating the existing CM practices
Documenting “as-is” and “to-be”
Writing your CM best practices implementation plan

Dates
Mode
Location
Event
Venue
Call to Schedule
Anytime
Virtual Classroom
Your Location
Anywhere
Course Duration: 1 Day
Description
  • Implement effective source code management practices including multiple variants
  • Automate application build, package, and deployment
  • Establish effective IT controls that can support IT governance and compliance
  • Utilize industry standards (e.g. IEEE, ISO, EIA) and frameworks (e.g. Cobit, ITIL) to establish best practices
  • Create a configuration management function that continuously grows and improves

Based upon industry standards and frameworks this course introduces the technology professional to all of the principles, concepts, and hands-on best practices necessary to establish comprehensive configuration and release management functions. Discussing both CM as it is practiced in product companies and IT organizations; Bob Aiello and Leslie Sachs provide expert guidance on establishing configuration management best practices.

Questions? 888.268.8770 [email protected]
Course Outline

Configuration Management Concepts
Configuration identification
Status accounting
Change control
Configuration auditing (physical and functional)

Source Code Management
Baselines
Sandboxes and workspaces
Variant management
Handling bugfixes
Streams
Merging
Changesets

Build Engineering
Versions IDs and branding executables
Automating the build
Build tools to choose from including Ant, Maven, Make and MS Build
Role of the build engineer
Continuous integration

Environment Configuration
Supporting code promotion
Implementing tokens
Practical use of CMDBs
Managing environments

Change Control
Types of change control
Rightsizing the change control process
The 29 minute change control meeting
Driving the process through change control

Release Management
Packaging the release
Ergonomics of release management
RM as coordination
Driving the RM process

Deployment
Staging the release
Deployment frameworks
Traceability
Architecting Your Application for CM
CM-driven development
How CM facilitates good development
Build engineering as a service

Hardware CM
Managing hardware configuration items
Hybrid hardware/software CM

Process Engineering (Rightsizing)
Agile/waterfall
Hybrid approaches
Agile process maturity

Establishing IT Governance
Establishing IT governance
Transparency
Improving the process

What You Need to Know About Compliance
Common compliance requirements
Establishing IT controls

Standards and Frameworks
What you need to know about standards and frameworks

CM Assessments
Evaluating the existing CM practices
Documenting “as-is” and “to-be”
Writing your CM best practices implementation plan

Class Schedule
Morning Session 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Times represent the typical daily schedule. Please confirm your schedule at registration.
Class Fee Includes
  • Tuition
  • Course notebook
  • Letter of completion
Instructors
Bob Aiello
CM Best Practices Consulting

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