Establish a Right-Sized Release and Deployment Management Process

Improve the speed and success rate of your deployments.

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A poorly designed or informal release and deployment management process can result in:

  • Lack of clear hand-off between change and release and deployment activities
  • Deployments that require too much manual effort
  • High frequency of deployments, resulting in reduced availability of critical business applications
  • Too many failed deployments or deployments that require rework
  • Low user satisfaction with deployments

A right-sized release and deployment management process results in:

  • Successful coordination between Release and Deployment Management and Change Management
  • Less manual effort
  • Fewer deployments
  • Faster change turnaround time
  • Fewer rollbacks
  • Less rework
  • Higher business and user satisfaction with deployments

Module 1: Make the Case

The Purpose

  • Identify release and deployment management pain points.
  • Assess release and deployment management process maturity.
  • Define current release and deployment management process.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand your process gaps so that you can target improvement initiatives.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Define workshop objectives
  • Workshop objectives
1.2 Identify pain points
  • Pain points
1.3 Define a release
  • Release definitions
1.4 Define current change and release and deployment process
  • Change and release and deployment process

Module 2: Conduct a Gap Analysis

The Purpose

  • Choose an appropriate level of investment in your new/optimized release and deployment management.
  • Learn how to close the gaps between your current state and target state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Avoid over- or under-investing in your release and deployment process.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Define your target state
  • A target state that matches your organization’s size and level of available investment
2.2 Review your gap analysis recommendations

Module 3: Plan and Build Better Releases

The Purpose

  • Formalize a right-sized process for planning releases
  • Formalize a right-sized process for building releases
  • Decide upon an appropriate amount of release build automation

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Fewer deployments, resulting in lower costs
  • Reduced risk to the live environment
  • Less wasted investment in poorly planned changes
  • Better installation scripts, resulting in more successful deployments

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Define roles and responsibilities
  • Release and Deployment Management roles and responsibilities
3.2 Choose your control points
  • Process control points
3.3 Bundle your releases
  • A process for bundling releases more affectively
3.4 Design release logic
  • SOPs for planning and building releases
3.5 Make a release plan
  • SOPs for designing release logic
  • SOPs for planning releases

Module 4: Standardize a Right-Sized Testing Process

The Purpose

  • Build test environments appropriate for your target state.
  • Implement effective testing protocols.
  • Introduce the appropriate amount of test automation for your target state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Fewer failed deployments.
  • Fewer backed-out deployments.
  • Fewer deployments that require rework.
  • Fewer requests for change rejected by the CAB.
  • Higher user satisfaction with deployments.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Define test types
  • SOPs for testing releases
4.2 Ensure user acceptance
  • SOPs for user acceptance testing

Module 5: Execute Sound Deployment

The Purpose

  • Formalize an effective deployment process.
  • Formalize release validation protocols.
  • Introduce the appropriate amount of deployment automation for your target state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • More successful deployments.
  • Less confusion regarding the division of duties between Change Management and Release and Deployment Management.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Make a pre-deployment checklist
  • A pre-deployment checklist
5.2 Formalize the deployment process
  • SOPs for release deployment
5.3 Validate releases
  • Protocols for release validation

Module 6: Build an Action Plan

The Purpose

  • Finalize a roadmap for implementing and optimizing a right-sized release and deployment management process.
  • Define requirements for a release and deployment management toolset.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Ability to establish/optimize your process more efficiently so that you can launch faster.
  • Avoid procuring a toolset with functionality that will not meet the demands of your target state.

Activities: Outputs:
6.1 Make an action plan
  • A roadmap for establishing your new right-sized release and deployment management process
6.2 Make a tool function checklist
  • A tool to track key success metrics and report them to stakeholders in order to prove the value of your process
6.3 Track metrics

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