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Reviewing Elements

When you are managing or working as a member of a project team, it is useful to have mechanisms for reviewing the work you are doing and keeping some record of those reviews, whether they are casual discussions between peers or coordinated, structured and formal reviews. The Specification Manager supports the full range of review types, focused on the elements that are defined in the Specification Package.

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Design > Model > Specify > click on required Package or element

Review facilities

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Review Documents

It is possible to create any number of 'Review Documents' on the elements of the Specification Package, both to formalize and guide specific review processes and to present the element information to be reviewed.

The documents are stored in and easily accessed from the 'Team Library' feature. Select the 'Start > Collaborate > Team Library' ribbon option.

Create Review Document

Bind Package to Team Library Folder

By default, 'Review Documents' are stored in folders under a special category of the Team Library, called 'Formal Reviews'. You can, however, generate those documents elsewhere in the Team Library, by binding the Specification Package to whichever Team Library folder (topic) is most appropriate to the Package.

Work on Team Library Items

Team Library

The Team Library tools provide a number of other facilities that can be of use in discussing the development and features of an element, such as the 'Resources' folder or the ability to develop a sequence of communications on a specific element, on a group of elements, or on some broader aspect of the model development.

Team Library

Element Discussions

Using the Collaborate window, you can initiate or respond to a general, ad-hoc discussion amongst your team members, on a specific element. The facility maintains a record of each initial comment or question, and every response to that comment.

There is no limit on the number of different discussions, on the number of responses, or on the length of each item, although the facility is better suited to short queries and responses.

Similarly, you can perform a formal review on one element or a group, adhering to a stricter protocol and timeframe.

When there is a discussion or a review on an element, the Discussion icon displays in the 'Discussion' and 'All Indicators' columns on the Specification Manager. Simply double-click on the icon to display the discussion or review comments.

Informal Discussions Formal Review Elements

Model Mail

The Model Mail facility is a personal, project-internal email service. You can use it to send emails to specific individuals or groups on your project, concerning the Specification Manager contents or functions, or any other subject you need to discuss.

If you want to discuss a particular element, click on it in the Specification Manager, open Model Mail and create a message, and use the 'Insert Quicklink' button to create a hyperlink in the mail message to the selected element.

Model Mail

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