Managing Changes

If you are responsible for a team of people who are working on the specification, you can manage their work and monitor the changes that they are making within the Specification Manager. You can use the Specification Manager toolbar options and column indicators to open a number of management and monitoring tools, keeping the focus on the specification work rather than having to establish the focus in each management tool separately.

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Management and Monitoring facilities

Facility

Description

See also

Manage Package Baselines

Click on this option to open the Package Baselines dialog, which you can use to capture the state of development of the Specification Package at any appropriate point in time, as a Baseline. You can then compare the current state of the Package with a previously-captured Baseline and establish the changes that have been made since that Baseline was made.

You can also roll back any of the changes that you do not want to keep.

 

Package Baselines

Manage Baselines

View Audit Trail

Click on this option to display the Audit View and the Audit History tab of the System Output window.

You can use the Audit View initially to turn on and configure Auditing, and then to perform audit checks on changes to the elements and connectors in the Specification Package (which might include changes to objects other than those of the Specification element type). The results of the audit check are displayed both in the Audit View and in the System Output window.

 

Auditing

The Audit View

The System Output Window

Project Management

Click on this option to display the Resource Allocation tab of the Project Management window. You can use this tab to define and allocate work for the people (resources) working on the Specification Package, either at Package level or at element level (select an element on the Specification Manager before defining the work).

You can also select the Risk, Effort and Metrics tabs to define other aspects of work on an element.

Once you have allocated a resource or defined a risk, an icon displays on the element row in the corresponding column of the Specification Manager, and in the All Indicators column. You can double-click on the icon to redisplay the Project Management window and review the record, and to add more records if necessary.

 

The Project Management Window

Resource Allocation

Risk Management

Effort Management

Metrics

Indicator Columns

Maintenance

Click on this option to display the Defects tab of the Maintenance window, on which you can create a record to define a problem or fault in the Specification Package or a selected element within it.

You can also select the Changes, Issues and Tasks tabs to create other Maintenance records associated with the Package or selected element.

When you create one of these records, an icon displays on the element row in the Maintenance and All Indicators columns of the Specification Manager. You can double-click on the icon to redisplay the Maintenance window and review the record, and to add more records if necessary.

 

Maintenance

 

 

 

Indicator Columns

Testing

Click on this option to display the Unit (Test) tab of the Testing window, on which you can create a record to define a Unit Test for the Specification Package or a selected element within it.

You can also select the other test type tabs to create other test records associated with the Package or selected element.

When you create one of these records, an icon displays on the element row in the Test and All Indicators columns of the Specification Manager. You can double-click on the icon to redisplay the Testing window and review the record, and to add more records if necessary.

 

Testing

 

 

 

Indicator Columns

View Package as Gantt

Click on this option to display the Package Browser view in Gantt format, for the Specification Package. This view lists all the elements in the Package, showing their assigned resources and the progress of work on their separate tasks, both in text on the left hand side and as a graphical timeline on a calendar on the right.

You can review the element properties or resource details by double-clicking on the item.

 

Element View

Notes

If a record or entry does not display on the Specification Manager when you save the record, press F5 to refresh the display
Package Baselines and Auditing are available in the Corporate and extended editions of Enterprise Architect
In the Corporate and extended editions of Enterprise Architect, a User Security system can be applied that restricts or enables access to a range of operations and functions; if you cannot access a function in the Specification Manager, check with your System Administrator or Security Administrator to see if you have access permissions to work with that function
 

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