Configuration Management as a process instead of a procedure

John Predmore

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#1
Our Director of Engineering has proposed that Configuration Management be elevated from a procedure to a process in our AS9100 QMS. His justification is that Configuration Management is a comprehensive set of activities, has inputs and outputs and KPI’s analogous to other defined processes, covers our product from conception to production and post-delivery, crosses all department boundaries and has many stakeholders. I think establishing Configuration Management as a separate process (we now have 7 process total) is redundant and I’m not sure this revision adds value. Do you have any comment on this idea from an auditor point-of-view? Could this change add clarity?

Seven processes now are Customer Support, R&D, Outsource Control, Product Delivery, Resource Mgmt, Continuous Improvement, Corporate Process. C.M. is currently a procedure within R&D.
 
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John Broomfield

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#2
Your process or procedure question puzzled me.

A process is work and the procedure specifies the way the work is done. The procedure may not be documented at all but is documented to the extent necessary for effective planning and control of the process.

CM touches many processes and for effective CM would it not be best to specify the necessary CM controls in your management system’s applicable procedures?

Supported perhaps by the CM database.
 

Jim Wynne

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#3
After all these years we still suffer under the process/procedure dichotomy, or lack thereof. The two terms may be (and are) used interchangeably in many instances, and what you call it is not nearly as important as what's actually done. Insofar as "the processes of the QMS" is concerned, it would seem to me that configuration management might be comprised of more than one process. For example, there might be a process for handling changes in Purchasing, and another one in Production, and still others in Quality and Production. The important thing is that all of these things are managed such that the integrity of the system (there's another thing we can call it) is maintained throughout.
 
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