Guideline: Important Decisions in Configuration & Change Management
This guideline describes important things to consider when tailoring the Configuration and Change Management aspects of the process.
Main Description

Decide How to Use Work Products

Make a decision about what work products are to be used and how they are to be used.  In addition to identifying what work products are to be used, it is also important to also tailor each work product to be used to fit the needs of the project. 

The table below specifies which Configuration and Change Management work products are recommended and which are considered optional (i.e., may only be used in certain cases). For additional tailoring considerations, see the tailoring section of the work product description page.

Work Product Purpose Tailoring (Optional, Recommended)
Change Request Used to track requested changes to project work products, including defects. Recommended for most projects.
Configuration Audit Findings Used to record the results of a configuration audit. Optional.

Generally associated with more formal processes.
Configuration Management Plan Describes all Configuration and Change Control Management (CCM) tasks to be performed during the the product or project lifecycle. Optional
Project Repository Stores all versions of project files and directories. Recommended.

A configuration management system to track versions of files and builds is recommended for all projects.
Workspace Provides a private development area within which a team member can make changes to work products without the changes becoming immediately visible to others. Recommended for most projects.