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Optimization of Configuration Management Processes
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Configuration management is a process for establishing and maintaining consistency of a product's performance, as well as functional and physical attributes with regards to requirements, design and operational information throughout its lifecycle. The way configuration management is implemented in a project has a huge impact on the project’s chance of success. Configuration management is, however, notoriously difficult to implement in a good way, i.e. in such a way that it increases performance and decrease the risk of projects. What works well in one field may be difficult to implement or will not work in another. The aim of this thesis is to present a process for optimizing configuration management processes, using a telecom company as a case study.

The telecom company is undergoing a major overhaul of their customer relationship management system, and they have serious issues with quality of the software that is produced and meeting deadlines, and therefore wants to optimize its existing CM processes in order to help with these problems. Data collected in preparation for the optimization revealed that configuration management tools were not used properly, tasks that could be automated were done manually, and existing processes were not built on sound configuration management principles. The recommended optimization strategy would have been to fully implement a version handling tool, and change the processes to take better advantage of a properly implemented version handling tool. This was deemed too big a change though, so instead a series of smaller changes with less impact were implemented, with the aim of improving quality control to minimize the number of bugs that reached production. The majority of the changes had the purpose of replicating the most basic functions of a version handling tool, as well as automating manual tasks that were error prone.

Abstract [sv]

Configuration management är en process för att etablera och bevara konsistensen hos en produkts prestanda, så väl som funktionella och fysiska attribut med avseende på krav, design och driftinformation genom dess livscykel. Hur konfigurationshantering implementeras i ett projekt har en avsevärd betydelse för huruvida projektet kommer att lyckas eller ej. Configuration management är dock ökänt för att vara svårt att implementera på ett bra sätt, d.v.s. så att det ökar prestandan och minskar risken i projekt. Det som fungerar bra inom en bransch kan vara svårt att implementera eller fungerar inte i en annan. Målet med denna studie är presentera en process for optimering av konfigurationshanteringsprocesser där ett telekomföretag använts som en fallstudie.

Telekomföretaget genomgår en stor upprusting av sitt kund-system. Företaget har stora problem med kvalitén på den mjukvara de tar fram och att möta levaranstidpunkter, och vill därför förbättra sina processer för att komma till rätta med dessa problem. Data som samlades in inför optimeringen visar att CM-verktyg ej användes på korrekt vis, arbetsuppgifter som kunde automatiserats gjordes manuellt, och existerande processer byggde ej på best practices inom CM. De rekommenderade optimeringsstrategin var att implementera och använda ett versionhanteringssystem, och ändra processerna för att dra nytta av fördelarna med ett korrekt implementerat versionshanteringssystem. Detta ansågs dock vara en allt för stor förändring, så istället genomfördes ett antal mindre ändringar med mindre påverkan, med målet att förbättra kvalitetskontrollerna och minimera antalet fel som nådde produktion. Majoriteten av ändringarna hade syftet att replikera de mest grundläggande funktionaliteten hos ett versionhanteringsverktyg, så väl som att automatisera felbenägna manuella rutiner.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 63 p.
Series
TRITA-ICT-EX, 2016:23
Keyword [en]
Configuration Management, Process Optimization, Version Handling, Task Automatization
Keyword [sv]
Konfigurationshantering, Processoptimering, Versionshantering, Automatisering
National Category
Computer and Information Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-188784OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-188784DiVA: diva2:938883
Subject / course
Information and Software Systems
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering
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Available from: 2016-06-17 Created: 2016-06-17 Last updated: 2017-04-21Bibliographically approved

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