The Artifact: Configuration Management Plan describes the necessary input for an effective CM plan. The template is intended to serve as a guideline. The intent of each section should be addressed within the context of a given project/product. It should not be an onerous task to produce the plan, nor is it intended that the plan impose undue ceremony and bureaucracy on the project staff.
However, the plan is an important document that is used to ensure that organizational assets are appropriately safeguarded.
The CM Plan is developed once the Project Vision has been approved. It is written in parallel with other project planning documents by the Project Manager, and is reviewed by all affected groups.
Although the CM Plan is approved by the Project Manager, it needs to be reviewed by all affected parties. As such, it should be reviewed by the Configuration Manager, key developers and integrators.
The Project CM Plan should be re-visited at the beginning of each phase (construction and transition) to ensure that the overall CM strategy is still relevant to how the project is being developed.
The Project CM Plan itself needs to be placed under configuration control, and should be checked into the 'plans' sub-directory of the overall ‘Product Structure’.