My apologies if I should have posted this elsewhere.
I am in a situation where the software group dev to QA to Staging to Production isn't as formal as it needs to be for an FDA regulated shop. I just realized this today when a new build was applied to Staging servers, one that I was training on, and my tests became invalid due to the change. When I asked about a formal notification process, I was told there wasn't one which surprised me but then again, this particular group is a small one, 2 QA people, 3 developers. And the group is used to just implementing builds whenever there is an emergency change without having to have any other checks. I've been involved in some fairly formal processes that had a proprietary change requests database written using Lotus Notes. That situation was for a much larger development, QA, DBA and operations group. But the process worked fairly well as long as people didn't "cheat" the system.
does anyone information they would like to share about change management tools currently being using or can recommend for me to do some research? I did a search here on the forums but didn't find what I was looking for in terms of tools. Are there tools out there more generic than having to create forms and implement an approval and notification process?
My big concern is notification when changes are being applied and when and who applies those changes?