Configuration management: a critical analysis of applications using the 8-Step problem solving method

Fletcher, L.L., Kaiser, J.M., Johnson, C.W. and Shea, C. (2009) Configuration management: a critical analysis of applications using the 8-Step problem solving method. In: 27th International Conference on Systems Safety, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, 3-7 Aug 2009, pp. 2807-2817.

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Configuration management endeavors to verify a system’s physical form and mission function are not only initially known but also remain knowable throughout the system life cycle. Operational design is a campaign planning corollary to configuration management which keeps military operations knowable. Any organic or inorganic collection of parts or phases which synchronously forms a unitary whole requires configuration management to avoid mission failure. The parallels between configuration management and operational design provide a framework to reveal mutual overlaps between the knowledge and understanding of systems engineers and of other configuration management stakeholders. There are countless examples cited in history where the interaction of an unknown configuration, which was not managed using an orderly methodology, led to a mishap1. The following pages use the insights gained from previous studies to apply an 8 Step Problem Solving Model. This is a standard process based on Boyd’s OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act), which we have applied to a configuration management scenario to demonstrate its risk reduction’s value for mission success.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnson, Professor Chris
Authors: Fletcher, L.L., Kaiser, J.M., Johnson, C.W., and Shea, C.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
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