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    U.S. Department of Education

    Federal Student Aid

    Production Readiness Review (PRR)

    Process Description

    Version 11.0

    Final

    July 28, 2011

    Document Number: FSA_TOQA_PROC_RLS.PRR_001

     Production Readiness Review (PRR) Process Description Document Version Control

    Document Version Control

    Version Date Description

    11.0 7/28/2011 ; Revised PRR applicability criteria to be based on the

    operational risk associated with implementing a release

    (matching the same criteria that are planned by Enterprise

    Change Management). ECM operational risk determination

    will determine if PRR applies to a release.

    ; Expanded slide presentation template to incorporate all

    information from PRR Checklist and include a Sign-off

    memo at the end of the presentation; removed PRR

    Checklist and Sign-off memo artifacts from PRR Process

    (combined three documents into one).

    ; Revised presentation template to include additional

    information on the business impact of delaying release

    implementation.

    ; Revised presentation template to include additional

    information regarding test results with a focus on

    performance testing.

    ; Revised presentation template to include a slide for reporting

    status of configuration management audits.

    ; Revised procedures for distributing PRR Meeting Notices

    and PRR Presentation materials to include the technology

    office distribution list.

    ; This PRR Process Description document and the associated

    presentation template completed and passed Section 508

    accessibility review by the ED OCIO Assistive Technology

    Team on 7/26/2011.

    10.0 7/30/2010 ; Removed sign-off types (i.e. conditional, provisional, etc).

    ; Expanded timeline of events in the PRR process to add

    planning steps earlier in the project lifecycle and to

    accommodate an optional review of test data by CIO

    Enterprise Testing Group.

    ; Minor re-organization of order and titles of information

    presented in PRR slides.

    ; Re-organized and updated PRR Checklist (Appendix C and

    D) to improve usability.

    ; Updates to appendices to support changes.

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     Production Readiness Review (PRR) Process Description Document Version Control

    Version Date Description

    9.0 7/31/2009 ; Added LCM Framework reference (Section 1).

    ; Changes to sign-off for large-scale releases (Section 6).

    ; Added System Test Lead, FSA Computer Security Officer,

    and Responsible ELT Member descriptions to Sign-off

    requirements (Section 6).

    ; Clarifications to PRR Process steps, including better

    identification of the role of the QA Team (Section 4).

    ; Reformatted PRR Summary Checklist to portrait layout

    instead of landscape and removed risk mitigation columns

    (Appendix C).

    ; Reformatted PRR Summary Checklist Definitions to portrait

    layout instead of landscape and removed risk mitigation

    columns (Appendix D).

    ; Updated sample sign-off memo (Appendix E)

    ; Minor editorial changes for grammar, spelling, formatting, etc

    (entire document).

    8.1 01/30/2009 ; Modified Applicability section to address concerns related

    conducting PRRs on infrastructure and toolset changes.

    ; Clarified the sign-off authorities for the CIO signature.

    ; Added Checklist items to cover re-validation of disaster

    recovery objectives (RTO and RPO) and vulnerability scans.

    ; Minor clarifications in PRR checklist definitions.

    8.0 7/30/2008 Major Document Revision includes the following:

    ; Major Checklist updates to reflect stakeholder

    discussions

    ; New information regarding rationale for holding PRRs

    ; New diagram depicting the role of the PRR in the

    context of other related activities

    ; Addition of PRR presentation slides

    ; Updated signoff role descriptions

    ; Updates to signature page

    ; Updated terminology based on VDC Configuration

    Management Database (CMDB) Data Dictionary,

    ECOM, and Security documents.

    ; Major formatting and editorial changes to conform to the

    Federal Student Aid Document Template

    1.0 - 7.0 6/19/2007 For previous revision history of Versions 1.0-7.0, see Version

    7.0

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Production Readiness Review (PRR) Process Description Table of Contents

    Table of Contents

    Document Version Control ............................................................................................ i Table of Contents ......................................................................................................... iii Executive Summary ...................................................................................................... 1 Section 1. Introduction ................................................................................................. 2 Section 2. Risk-based criteria for conducting a PRR ................................................ 4 Section 3. PRR Process ................................................................................................ 6

    Step 1: LMM Tailoring Plan and Project Schedule ........................................................8

    Step 2: QA Review of Project Schedule and PMP ..........................................................8

    Step 3: Requirements, Design, Development, and Testing Activities .............................8

    Step 4: Implementation Change Request Created ..........................................................9

    Step 5: Schedule Pre-PRR and PRR ................................................................................9

    Step 6: Reviews by Technology Office Support Areas ....................................................9

    Step 7: Operational Readiness Review ........................