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Change Management Is Redundant Without Configuration Management

The first law of change management is not to use change management until you use configuration management first

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The first law of change management is not to use change management. To be more precise, the first law of change management is not to use change management until you use configuration management first.

Okay so that might be a slightly sneaky way of making a point, but many change management vendors will primarily label their software as an SCCM tool, i.e., Software Configuration and Change Management. There is a good reason why these two disciplines are stated in that order; you should never change until you configure (and analyze) so that you know what you have in the first place.

Software, Applications, People, Companies
This principle and approach applies whether we are considering a complete software system, an individual application, the graphics code for a piece of gaming software (this is a very popular use case), or a wider instance to support the logistics underpinning a corporate merger or acquisition.

If configuration management seeks to classify, quantify and qualify every element of computational and administrative resources alongside physical and human assets, then change management techniques can then be more accurately exerted upon any business or technical function once a process of pre-analysis has been undertaken.

We can take our laws of change management further. Let's remind ourselves that Newton's First Law of Motion states that an object will remain at rest or in perpetual motion with constant velocity until an unbalanced force acts upon it. Once we start to apply the principles of change management on the objects (or business units or data silos or software code or people) inside the company, then they will continue to travel (for the most part) in the direction we steer them.

Velocity Acts upon Inertia
This application of force has the potential to take these business factors out of a state of inertia and change their onward path. Change management brings with it considerable responsibility in terms of future business profitability. What we do now within the change management control panel could impact future development for some considerable (if not indefinite) future period.

Change management theory centers around the need to bring about transitional shifts to some agreed future point or state of operation. It can not function without a structured approach where goals and strategies are agreed upon inside a system that can measure progress accurately. This is change management physics lesson number one; lesson two is more fun and we may even get to blow a few things up.

More Stories By Adrian Bridgwater

Adrian Bridgwater is a freelance journalist and corporate content creation specialist focusing on cross platform software application development as well as all related aspects software engineering, project management and technology as a whole.

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