Originate a new change form

You originate (that is, make) a change form because you want to formally notify interested parties about the release, revision or status of managed items.

  1. To originate a new change form, you can make a new change or copy from another change form:

    In most cases, the change form Number is generated automatically. Otherwise, enter the change form Number.

    • New (option 1): On the Item Explorer's New tab, in the Changes list, click on the appropriate row to create a new change form.

    • New (option 2): Select the Create Change... from the Item menu (or press the F11 key). This opens a dialog in which you select the appropriate change form from the Type dropdown list. Note that the other tabs are irrelevant because the home organization is always the owner of the change, and every change's lifecycle starts at Originated. Click the Finish button to continue.

    • Copy: If you have a released change (for instance, a change request) that provides the basis for a subsequent change (such as a change notice), you can create a duplicate (Tools ➔ Snapshot Duplicate...) and then convert it to the subsequent change form by selecting the appropriate value from the Type dropdown on the General tab.

      When you create a snapshot duplicate, the next number from the Change Forms member's Identifier sequence is assigned to the duplicate change form. If you convert to another change form that uses a different Sequence: Identifier collection member, then the Number value is replaced by the next value from the new change form's Identifier sequence.

  2. The new change form window opens with its lifecycle at Originated. To complete the new change:

    1. On the General page, enter the change description according to your organization's requirement.

      Workflow emails include this description. Briefly summarize the change in the first sentence to help reviewers quickly scan their email in-box for important changes.

      If visible, specify the Problem source and Change reason from the drop-down list boxes.

    2. Click on the Attributes page, and enter more details to describe the change.

    3. Select the Affected list. On the Item Explorer, locate and then drag each part and document that is affected by the change form onto the list.

      On executing change forms:

      • PDXpert automatically adds lower-level items to the Affected list. This ensures that each item listed on the BOM: Markup, Sources: Markup and References: Markup lists has at least one released iteration available. For the rules that PDXpert applies, see the Affected page: How items are added help topic.

      • You can add dispositioning information to each affected item's releasing or canceling iteration. Expand the item to expose the iteration, and then select Add Disposition from the iteration's context menu. See the Affected page: Disposition rows help topic

      If you want to add an item that's open in your workspace, save it or close it before adding it to the change form's Affected list.

      After you've added an item to a change form, if you further modify it (specifically: making a new pending iteration, or changing the BOM, source or reference markups), re-drop the item onto the Affected list to refresh its releasing/canceling data.

      Limit the number of items on the Affected list. It's easier to make sure that your list is accurate, and reviewers are more careful checking a tightly-focused set of items.

      If you're changing a multi-level structure (for instance, an assembly with subassemblies), it's often easier to work "from the bottom up". Drop the lowest-level items onto the Affected list first, then the next-higher items. Always review the list before routing the change for approval.

    4. Add reviewing participants dragging members of the Groups collection from the Collection Explorer onto the Reviewers page. Similarly, drag new observers from the Persons collection (or the Groups collection) onto the Observers list.

    5. If the Files list is shown, you can add computer files or web links to the change form. Refer to the Attach an item file and Attach an external link help topics.

  3. Save the change form by:

    • selecting Save from the Item menu; or,

    • selecting Lock Object from the Edit menu (or pressing your keyboard's F2 key); or,

    • locking the change using the Lock selection in the form's status bar; or,

      Locking the item window

    • closing the change form window, which saves all modifications automatically.

    Saving a change form clears all of the undo history; you cannot undo any action that happened before the most recent save operation.

    PDXpert may display Cannot save or similar message when there is a conflict between the current database record and a previously-saved version. This conflict is often the result of editing related records in parallel. For example, adding a document to an engineering change updates both records; if the document has unsaved changes, the new affected item relationship conflicts with the unsaved record.

    To avoid this error, only one item at a time should be unlocked for editing. When you are done, close or lock the window before working on another item. This avoids database conflicts, and allows PDXpert to understand how to save your changes.

Next steps§

After you've originated the change form, you can move it to the next step in the administrator-specified workflow.

To work with a change form, it must be open. If it's open, select it to that you can view it.

If any item on the change form's Affected list is open in your workspace, save or close it now.

Depending upon the enabled change workflow states, you may:

  • Select the Process menu command Submit to Analyst. The analyst reviews the change form to ensure that it contains all of the information necessary to approve it, and then forwards it to the reviewers for approval.
  • Select the Process menu command Route for Approval. The groups specified on the Reviewers list approve your proposed change form, hold it for further consideration, or disapprove it.

    When you select Route for Approval, you may see a Processing Error window. Refer to the help topic How to work with change forms → Fix change routing errors to resolve the error.

After you submit or route the change, you cannot modify it unless it is returned to you.

When a routed change form is returned to the Submitted or Originated state, it contains information on who approved and disapproved the change. Previous reviewers' name and response will be cleared when the change form is again moved to the Routed state.

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