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Working with impact analysis diagrams

Impact analysis diagrams help you manage change in a complex engineering environment. Use them to determine how potential changes to an artifact can affect related artifacts. You can create impact analysis diagrams to explore work items starting from a focus artifact, and you can expand the diagram to show the relevant artifacts for your project.

In the Working with views tutorial, you learned how to use views to simplify the work with complex engineering data from several lifecycle tools. You can create views to perform an impact analysis, but to create that view, you need to know your information model; you have to know what engineering artifacts you have in your environment, and the relationships among them. For example, do view users use satisfied by or implements relationships between artifacts?

You can generate impact analysis diagrams starting from a focus artifact to explore your information model and ask: What artifacts do I actually have in my environment?

After you generate a diagram, you can customize it to remove unwanted artifacts from the view as you go. In addition, you can create profiles to filter artifacts upstream or downstream from your focus artifact.

You can generate impact analysis diagrams from an artifact that appears in the search results, or from an artifact in a view container.

Learning objectives

This tutorial demonstrates how to complete these tasks:
  • Create an impact analysis diagram to explore data associated with a focus artifact.
  • Modify an impact analysis diagram to show data that is important for the project team.
  • Create an impact analysis filter to show data upstream, or downstream from your focus artifact.

Time required

30 minutes
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