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Release Management - Design Reviews
We are using the release management process with decent success, however one area we struggle with is conducting a proper design review prior to release. Typically we will host a design review in the model prior to detailing that is informal. After some further work the detailed model is submitted for release in a release package. If there are any errors found the release package must then be either discard or rejected, the changes made, and then resubmitted for release. Any commentary made in the release package stays with that package and does not carry through in the document. In some of our larger releases it can be tedious to put together the release package.
I propose a design review package that would travel within the document across versions. Essentially a release package, but not fixed at a current version of the document, it would move across versions until it is changed to a release package. This would allow commentary/feedback to be tracked, the package updated and modified as necessary, and changes made to the models. Then when the reviewer and designer are satisfied with it, the package could be switched to a release package which would fix the version and go through the normal release process.
Would anyone else find this beneficial?