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Jerome

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http://processmapping.com.au/Products_Release_Management.html
We have released the tool we use for managing our development as a Solution named Release Management:

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The main purpose of the Release Management system is to manage the Development process. By itself, this has been a very valuable tool for many years. What we have now done is add many features to support our Process Assurance BPM Methodology.

Encapsulating the Documentation aspect of the Development process has been the main driver for the recent updates that have redefined this system. In all Rapid Development environments, Documentation is the most likely victim for exclusion. Typically it is not regarded as highly important. In our experience, for the success of any long-term project, it is absolutely vital.

Our goal was to make the process documenting of the changes made during Development not only easier, but vastly more useful than it had been typically to date. To do this we settled on two main ideas.

Firstly we added Business Rules, to allow non-technical users to define the requirements for various Rules. These can then be easily viewed and linked to Changes as they are made. In this way the Specification can be directly linked with the Development.

Secondly, we added the ability to document Design and Development details for every Change for each Component. This serves several important functions. It forces the Developer to clearly detail what has been done, making Reviewing much easier; it clearly details all changes made, including impact with other Components and other systems; it provides a complete history of all changes made to the System. Together, the benefits are enormous, and we believe the additional effort required to maintain this is as small as it can possibly be.


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There was an error in the link, it has been pointed out (many thanks). I have fixed it, but if it fails, try Ctrl-F5 in your browser to force a refresh.
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I downloaded/deployed to check it out.  There doesn't seem to be scripts to populate the look up tables for things like the priority, etc. and I didn't see a maintenance form to create them myself.  I also notice that the help files weren't included and aren't on that same web page.  (Though I believe they were on a different page in the past.)  Not a problem as I should be able to muddle thorough, but thought I'd mention.
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See step 4 of the instructions on the download page:
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4. Find, open and submit the 'Execute Outstanding SQL Scripts' Admin Form in the 'Release Admin' process.


As for the help files, they are hosted on our own server (as this is much easier than trying to describe how to set it up).

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I stand corrected and obviously missed that point.
Interesting approach to how to handle that, verses a one-time separate script.  Nice approach though, especially with the description saying I should run it ....
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The problem we have been trying to solve is how to deliver scripts, make sure they are run, and make sure they are run only once when multiple versions may be delivered. This is especially problematic when different recipients will get all sorts of different versions at any time.

We are now building a System Management solution that will, in theory, execute these scripts when a new version is deployed (it just checks for new deployments). My problem is that I cannot execute anything on an unknown (at design time) project except by raising a flag. That would require a process for each new Project just to manage this, which is not ideal.

If anyone can think of a better way, I would be very grateful for any input.

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Hi, I've deployed this solution, and I must say it looks very good. I have been playing around and when I mark testing as completed, I get an error. The error refers to the REL_Config table which is not in the database. I cannot find it in any of the scripts either.

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Thanks, I'll have a look for that. It was something I tried in the old solution, but abandoned in this one. It probably works on my system as the table is still there.
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Hi, I created the table manually on the DB with the 2 fields being accessed in the script and it works fine. I think this is a great process. Still playing around with it though.


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Good afternoon,
Can I use this for Version 9.1 with no SR2? We are also looking at upgrading to SR3...Would it work when we upgrade?

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It should work.

I have an update that fixes an issue reported above. I'll post it soon.

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Thank you for the prompt response. Is it Yes to both 9.1 and 9.1 SR3?

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9.1.3 is definite, 9.1 should.
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