Take a Holistic View to Optimize Release Management

Build trust by right-sizing your process using appropriate governance.

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Conducting release management without the right ownership leads to:

  • Chaotic releases that teams cannot sufficiently prepare for and execute.
  • Inconsistently executed processes and poor visibility and transparency.
  • Disappointed stakeholders who do not receive committed releases from teams.

Standardizing your releases processes can generate:

  • Grounded expectations of what can reasonably be accomplished.
  • Accurate release plans because of realistic and achievable calendars.
  • Reductions in process bottlenecks due to greater visibility across the entire release pipeline.

Module 1: Review Your Release Management Objectives

The Purpose

  • Reveal the motivators behind the optimization of release management.
  • Identify the root causes of current release issues and challenges.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Ensure business alignment of optimization efforts.
  • Firm grasp of why teams are facing release issues and the impacts they have on the organization.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Identify the objectives for application release.
  • Release management business objectives and technical drivers
1.2 Conduct a current state assessment of release practices.
  • Current state assessment of release processes, communication flows, and tools and technologies

Module 2: Standardize Release Management

The Purpose

  • Alleviate current release issues and challenges with best practices.
  • Standardize a core set of processes, tools, and roles & responsibilities to achieve consistency, cadence, and transparency.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Repeatable execution of the same set of processes to increase the predictability of release delivery.
  • Defined ownership of release management.
  • Adaptable and flexible release management practices to changing business and technical environments.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Strengthen your release process.
  • Processes accommodating each release type and approach the team is required to complete
2.2 Coordinate releases with a program framework.
  • Release calendars and program framework
2.3 Manage release issues with change management practices.
  • Release change management process
2.4 Define your release management team.
  • Defined responsibilities and accountabilities of release manager and release management team

Module 3: Roll Out Release Management Enhancements

The Purpose

  • Define metrics to validate release management improvements.
  • Identify the degree of oversight and involvement of the release management team.
  • Prioritize optimization roadmap against business needs and effort.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Easy-to-gather metrics to measure success that can be communicated to stakeholders.
  • Understanding of how involved release management teams are in enforcing release management standards.
  • Practical and achievable optimization roadmap.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Define your release management metrics.
  • List of metrics to gauge success
3.2 Ensure adherence to standards.
  • Oversight and reporting structure of release management team
3.3 Create your optimization roadmap.
  • Release management optimization roadmap

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