Change reasons

Purpose

Classifies the rationale for making a change, so that managers can assess the design and development process.

A Change Reason describes why you took action to make a change. A Problem Source classifies how an issue was discovered.

Where used

Change form

Data fields

Name
This is the complete name for the change reason.
Description
This describes the change reason in more detail.
Compatibility code
Specifies the required database code for EIA-649 environments. This field may be safely ignored or used for other purposes in other environments.
Active: users can select
Default member of collection
Permanent member of collection
For a description of these checkboxes, see the Collections reference > Managing collections help topic.

Setup suggestions

This collection may need to reflect aerospace/military contractor or regulatory requirements.

Without crisp definitions and clear categories, this collection can become confusingly similar to the Problem Sources collection. Ensure that your users can easily distinguish between a problem source and its change reason, or simply use only one of these collections.

In addition, this collection can grow large and unwieldy. Try to restrict the number of members in order to get "big picture" trends that can help your product management process. It's easier to spot significant drivers of change when there are fewer groups with significant activity, rather than offering users tens (or hundreds) of detailed reasons with only one or two instances of each.

2011

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