Standard Fast Track RC Processes


1.  Definition:  Fast track RCs include change requests that can be approved after coordination with a subset of the normal group of voting and approving authorities.  Although fast track does not refer to the speed of processing, approval of routine fast track RCs will often be quicker because of the reduced coordination required.


2.  Criteria:  The full set of voting and approving authorities will determine the criteria for fast track change requests in advance.  This decision may be based on multiple criteria such as low cost, fewer stakeholders, simplicity of solutions, clear precedent, limited variables, or the routine nature of the change.


3.  Analysis:  Change management analysts will use the established criteria to identify fast track changes on a case-by-case basis.


4.  Process:  The Fast Track process is substantially the same as the full change management process except for the number of reviewers involved.  However, to make the process work, additional coordination may be needed by RC submitters.  For example, if the fast track criteria require all funding and documentation to be completed in advance, the submitter would verify completion of those steps prior to submitting the request.


5.  Visibility:  The decision distribution process will be the same as the full change management distribution process.  Voting and approving authorities will have the opportunity to identify any systemic problems with the process, allowing them to request a review of fast track criteria as needed.


6.  Objective:  To reduce the overhead needed for many routine changes, each program should strive to increase the number of changes meeting the fast track criteria.