Stabilize Release and Deployment Management

Maintain both speed and control while improving the quality of deployments and releases within the infrastructure team.

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Organizations are struggling to keep current with the constant release of new deployments, patches, and updates. Simultaneously, they are under pressure to provide near 100% availability of key business systems and ensure resources are available. Without streamlining processes, this can lead to:

  • Lack of visibility into the release processes
  • Poor collaboration between teams
  • Ineffective manual deployments
  • Poor handoffs between deployment and operations teams

A well-planned release management practice will make a significant difference to an IT organization’s value add to the business.

  • Deliver IT changes faster and more efficiently with visibility into risk, impact levels, and resources
  • Commit that the internal customers can use the new service as intended and designed
  • Drive consistency in implementations across functional teams
  • Meet auditable requirements during all service transitions

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Module 1: Analyze Current State

The Purpose

  • Release management improvement begins with assessment of the current state.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A solid understanding of how core operational processes are actually functioning within the organization.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Evaluate process maturity.
  • Maturity Assessment
1.2 Assess release management challenges.
  • Release Management Policy
1.3 Define roles and responsibilities.
  • Release Management Standard Operating Procedure
1.4 Review and rightsize existing policy suite.
  • Patch Management Policy

Module 2: Release Management Planning

The Purpose

  • In simple terms, release planning puts all the pertinent pieces in one place.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • It defines the what, why, when, and how a release will happen.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Design target state release planning process.
  • Release Planning Workflow
2.2 Define, bundle, and categorize releases.
  • Categorization and prioritization schemes
2.3 Standardize deployment plans and models.
  • Deployment models aligned to release types

Module 3: Build, Test, and Deploy

The Purpose

  • Take a holistic and comprehensive approach to effectively designing and building releases.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Standardize build and test procedures to begin to drive consistency.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Standardize build procedures for deployments.
  • Build procedure for hardware and software releases
3.2 Standardize test plans aligned to release types.
  • Test models aligned to deployment models

Module 4: Measure, Manage, and Improve

The Purpose

  • Determine and define the desired goals for release management as a whole.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Agree to key metrics and success criteria to start tracking progress and establish a post-deployment review process to promote continual improvement.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Determine key metrics to track progress.
  • List of metrics and goals
4.2 Establish a post-deployment review process.
  • Post-deployment validation checklist
4.3 Understand and define continual improvement drivers.
  • Project roadmap
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