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Change Control with Optional Binding to Defect Tracking

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107813D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cawthron, JS: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

At certain stages in a development project, binding the change activity of files to defect or design change numbers (i.e., the reason for making the change) is useful. At other stages, the extra overhead is undesirable.

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Change Control with Optional Binding to Defect Tracking

       At certain stages in a development project, binding the
change activity of files to defect or design change numbers (i.e.,
the reason for making the change) is useful.  At other stages, the
extra overhead is undesirable.

      The tool to which this article refers, a development version of
CMVC (Configuration Management Version Control), supports both change
control and defect tracking in a single integrated environment.  The
integration of these two development functions provides the
following:
         - changes to files can be grouped by a reliable high-level
identifier, the defect number, which makes integration of the changes
easier;
         - automatic checking for implicit requisite changes for each
file integrated in a build level;
         - shared tables and resources between the change control and
defect tracking provide for detailed reports that correlate file
changes with defect status;
         - a more rigorous process can be applied to file changes
when the files are associated with the defect-resolution process.

      This disclosure, optional binding of change control to defect
tracking, ensures that the extra control provided by the binding is
available when it is needed and that a more streamlined process
(without binding) is available when the extra control is not needed.

      Files are grouped by release objects.  Binding control, where
file changes are related to defect-tracking numbers, is provided as a
selectable feature of a rel...