Differences between Configuration Management and Change Management is another topic that often confuses many PMP Certificate aspirants; therefore, in this blog post I’m going to explain this topic to you. I hope after reading this blog post, you wouldn’t have any doubt.
Let’s start with an example:
Suppose you are constructing a two story school building for a client. Everything is going as planned. Suddenly the client comes to you and asks to make the school building into a three story instead of two story.
So, what you will do now? He asked you to change the design of the building (your project’s product).
Of course, you will re-plan and reschedule it; moreover, you also need to change your budget and get it approved.
Hence, you will raise a change request including all these changes and will try to get it approved as soon as possible.
These changes in product configuration will be handled under Configuration Management because here the configuration of your school building is changed. Earlier it was a two story building, and now it is a three story.
Now, let’s move to Change Management.
You are constructing the same school building. Suddenly your contractor for steel works runs away, and you are struggling to find a new contractor. After a lot of searching you find a contractor for steel works but he won’t start working for your project for one week. This will delay your project end date by one week. Hence, you will raise a change request to reschedule your schedule baseline and will try to get approval for it.
Note that, here also you raised a change request, but this request was to increase the deadline of project by one week. There is no change in your product (change required only in schedule baseline); i.e. school building will be same; though, you will handover this building to client one week late.
This change in project process will be handled under the Change Management because here the configuration of your school building is unchanged. Earlier it was a two story building, and now it is still a two story building.
- In Configuration Management, changes related to product’s characteristics are managed.
- Change Management manages the changes in project baselines or processes.
I hope now you wouldn’t have any problem to crack question on the PMP Certification exam from this topic.