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Release Management, have the ability to think like:
– Developer (know how to code in something and actually deliver working software);
– Quality Assurance (make sure that appropriate testing is being performed);
– Project Manager (know how to relate to business needs and schedules and so you can adapt to those changing);
– Operations Manager (know the constraints of maintaining a production environment and know how to work with sysadmins).

And then truly care about bridging those disciplines to deliver value to your organization by insuring that all work together to deliver working software on a timely basis.

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Environments

In a perfect world, on build and test phase, those are the environments that may be utilized:

– Build environments;
– Testing and integration environments;
– Pilot environments;
– Backup and recovery environments.

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Deployment Plan

For each release, plans should be authorized by Change Management and used to assist in the evaluation of the risk, impact and resource requirements for components of the change.

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Deployment Strategy

Questions that must be answered include:
– What needs to be deployed?
– Who are the users?
– Are there locations dependencies?
– Where are the users?
– Who else needs to be prepared well in advance? (training, security, etc)
– When does the deployment happening?
– What are the critical success factors and exit criteria?
– What is the current capability of the service provider?

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Deployment Plan

Typically the release and deployment plans should document the:
– Scope and content of the release;
– The risk assessment for the release;
– Affected stakeholders;
– Teams involved on the release;
– Communication strategy to be used during the release and deployment process.

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Release Plan

For each release, plans should be authorized by Change Management and used to assist in the evaluation of the risk and impact.

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Release unit

A “Release unit” describes the portion of a service or IT infrastructure that’s normally released together according to the release policy.

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