Contributions for June Issue of The Best Practice Magazine
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(SI) Supporting Implementation - (CAR) Causal Analysis and Resolution, (DAR) Decision Analysis and Resolution, (CM) Configuration Management & (COCO) Communication and Coordination
SI (Supporting Implementation) This CA involves identifying and addressing the causes of selected outcomes, creating a decision-making approach and structure, maintaining the integrity of work products, and fostering communication and coordination among stakeholders.
Causal Analysis and Resolution identifies causes of selected outcomes and acts to either prevent reoccurrence of undesirable outcomes or ensure reoccurrence of positive outcomes.
Decision Analysis and Resolution aids in making decisions using criteria-based evaluation of alternatives and recording the results.
Configuration Management establishes and maintains the integrity of work products using configuration identification, control, and audits.
(Future) Communication and Coordination promotes timely communication and ensures the workforce has the skills to share information and coordinate activities efficiently.
“You must choose … but choose wisely” Your decisions play a critical to make or break your future. The company you choose, the girl or guy you marry, the house you buy, the career option you choose. Isn’t it a great idea to have a tool or intelligent mechanism to make the life easy which would help you to choose the best possible decision based on some real facts rather than some random decision?
Summary: A variety of agile software development methods and practices have now been around for a solid ten years and existed for at least another ten years prior. Configuration management (CM) for agile development has now been discussed since the turn of the century. So what are the core principles of CM and how can CM help agile teams?
Resource management is acquiring, allocating and managing the resources, such as individuals and their skills, finances, technology, materials, machinery and natural resources required for a project. Resource management ensures that internal and external resources are used effectively on time and to budget. Resources may be obtained internally from the host organisation or procured from external sources.
Configuration Management: Using COBIT 5 provides a clear and concise walk-through of the configuration management process and associated threats, mitigation actions, COBIT 5 enablers and other useful information. It is based on the COBIT 5 enabling process BAI10 Manage configuration and includes MEA01 Monitor, evaluate and assess performance and conformance, specifically for configuration management. This latter enabling process is useful in that it includes some customized activities to perform periodic evaluations of the configuration management performance.
Albeit brief, the book is a useful resource for those involved in an organization that is establishing configuration management practices following the COBIT 5 approach. The book is also a great resource for IS auditors embarking on an audit of configuration management as it lists the threats associated with configuration management, mitigating actions and COBIT 5 enabling processes.