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Process documentationProcessing a Project Cycle


This process creates and uses a project cycle for normal changes, defect corrections, and administrative changes in non-maintenance projects. You can edit project cycles in the WebClient UI.

Note Note

Maintenance and project cycles can be called up in the WebClient UI under Start of the navigation path Change Request Management Next navigation step Change Cycles End of the navigation path.

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  1. The project lead creates an implementation, upgrade or template project, in the SAP Solution Manager project administration. For the project, he generates IMG and CTS projects, and a project cycle, because change request management will be part of the project.

  2. Then he activates the project cycle. In the project administration, under Start of the navigation path System Landscape Next navigation step Change Management End of the navigation path, he selects the Activate Change Request Management checkbox. The project cycle and task list for the project are generated when he selects Create task list.

    You can now create requests for change and assign them to this project. When the status of a request for change is set to “To be Implemented”, the created change documents are assigned to the project cycle, too. The selected project in the Details assignment block defines which project was assigned.

    If you create a change document directly, as a change manager, you need to enter the installed base component or IObject that represents the production system where the changes need to be transported to. If there is only one project with active Change Request Management for this production system, the project field is filled automatically. If several projects are active at the same time, you can choose from a list of projects.

  3. The administrator sets the status of the implementation project to Development without Release. In this status, features can be developed, and transport requests and tasks can be created, but not exported.

    Note Note

    Do not use this phase in normal changes, as developers will not be able to import changes into the test system.

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  4. When the change manager switches the status of the implementation project from Development without Release to Development with Release, transport requests can be released from within a normal change. The administrator uses the task list to import all released changes into the test systems.

  5. The change manager sets the status of the project cycle to Test.

    Note Note

    In a project cycle, the test status applies to a real test phase or period (for example, acceptance test, scenario test) of the complete project. It does not apply to the status of a change document.

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    If there are any normal changes, whose status has not yet been set to Tested Successfully when the phase is changed from Development with Release to Test, the system issues an error. In a Change Request Management project, no changes can be excluded from the test; they either have to be withdrawn or released. Any errors that are found during the test phase are reported by testers and resolved with a defect correction change document.

  6. If changes still have to be made after the test phase has been completed, transport requests and tasks can be created and released as part of the Emergency Correction phase. You can only do this by using the task list of the Schedule Manager. This only applies to normal changes.

  7. In the Go Live phase, the entire project buffer is imported into the production system by the IT operator.

  8. The project buffer is now empty, and there are no open transport requests. You can now close the project cycle, by setting the status to Being Completed and finally to Completed. You can then create a new project cycle. Any changes that were not finished due to capacity or design issues can be assigned to another project cycle. Otherwise, changes that are still open are disconnected from the current cycle and assigned to the next project cycle and task list of the same project.