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Create Elements From Maintenance Item

A maintenance item identifies a defect, change, issue, event, decision or task concerning an element. The maintenance item could itself be represented by an element if it has wider implications for the project or identifies - for example - an actor, activity or action that requires further definition.

You can create one or more elements from any maintenance item, using the Maintenance window. The new element is connected to the maintenance item's parent element by a Dependency connector. The original maintenance item remains unchanged as a characteristic of its parent element.


Use one of the methods outlined here to display the Maintenance window appropriate to the maintenance item from which to create a model element.

In the Maintenance window: Right-click on the maintenance item > Create as New Element


Construct > Change Management > Changes > Show Changes Window

Construct > Change Management > Defects > Show Defects Window

Construct > Change Management > Issues > Show Issues Window

Construct > Change Management > Tasks > Show Tasks Window

Construct > Change Management > Events > Show Events Window

Construct > Change Management > Decisions > Show Decisions Window

Create an element from a maintenance item



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On the 'New Element' dialog, complete the fields.

In the 'Type' field, select the required element type; you might create:

  • An Issue element for a Defect or Issue maintenance item
  • A Change element for a Change item, or
  • An Action for a Task item

You can, however, create a wide range of other element types should any of these be more appropriate.

When you click on the Create button, the new element is added to the Project Browser. You can drag and drop it onto a diagram from there.

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