Practice Configurations are an important artifact in a Practice Framework as they assemble a specific set of Practices into something a practitioner can use. When defining the practice
configuration, you must adhere to the architecture of the framework in which the configuration is to exist.
Thus, when trying to decide what practice configurations to produce, it is important to take the time to understand the
nature of the business problem the practice configuration is intended to solve (the configuration's purpose) and who
will be the primary consumers of the configuration (the configuration's intended audience). Understand what the scope
of the problem is and the approach to solving it. This understanding forms the basic information that will guide many
decisions that will affect the ultimate usefulness of the process configuration. It will also guide you in choosing an
applicable name for the practice configuration.
At this point, its even a good idea to identify practices that will be included in the practice configuration, as well
as any cross-practice processes that may be included and what practices they will be
assembled from. These are not defined in detail at this stage, but identifying them can help clarify the scope of
the practice configuration.
In summary, the following are some key pieces of information that you should capture for a practice configuration and
some examples for that information:
Name: MAM for Organization X
Purpose: Describe the best practices for authoring practice frameworks at Organization X.
Scope: All MAM practice framework practices plus Organization X customizations.
Intended Audience: Process Engineers at Organization X
Practice configurations are physically represented by publishable configurations. Thus, defining a practice
configuration involves identifying, naming and briefly describing that publishable configuration, and including the
above information in the definition of the publishable configuration. For more information on publishable
configurations, see Concept: Practice Library Configuration Types. For more information on defining
configurations, see Guideline: Defining Method Configurations.
Note: A practice configuration can be defined by mimicking an existing practice configuration. In that case, you can
define the new practice configuration by copying components of the original practice configuration, including the
existing practice configuration's method configuration and practice configuration-specific Publish plug-in.
Special instructions when authoring in the UMF: When defining Practice Configurations that are to existing within the Unified Method Framework (UMF), you must take into consider the UMF practice
configuration conventions. For more information, see Guideline: Practice Configurations in the UMF.