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Indusa’s Top 4 Tips for Easier Release Management

Posted by Indusa Admin on April 20, 2016 12:13 pm

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Release management is a tricky and trying time for most businesses. There are numerous tasks to juggle, each with its own unique specifications and challenges. Indusa has worked with several different software product companies in order to strengthen their software development processes and improve their product release management. As such, we’ve come to realize there are certain strategies businesses can use to make this process easier. We’ve compiled some of our top tips for software product companies looking to ease their release management difficulties.

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  1. Use Repositories:

    Maintaining consistency across your teams is absolutely essential to creating a successful product release. By creating a single source repository, you are essentially creating a single source of truth for your company. This repository should be updated in real-time in order to provide your developers and stakeholders with complete visibility into any changes. Additionally, you should also create a release-wide code repository. This enables you to make branches for every new release, allowing you to work on new development tasks in each branch. After that release is finished, you can merge the new and fully-verified branch with the main branch.

  2. Don’t Skimp on QA:

    Quality assurance can be time-consuming, especially if you need to test in various environments and across numerous platforms. Regardless of time constraints however, you absolutely should not cut corners when it comes to testing. Releasing a product with inefficiencies and malfunctions can be more damning to your business than having to delay your initial release. If you find yourself having difficulties juggling QA in addition to your other product release tasks, consider outsourcing your testing to a partner organization in order to maximize your productivity.

  3. Take Advantage of Automation:

    By standardizing and automating your processes, you can reduce the amount of time needed for routine tasks. Automation also removes room for error stemming from manual entries or processes. Overall, using automation provides your organization with an extra layer of security and improves the success of your release, providing you with better documentation and management each step of the way. These documents will allow your stakeholders to be aware of changes as they’re made, as well as keeping track of bugs at the end of each release.

  4. Establish Your Plans:

    Having documented plans will ensure that each member of your team, as well as your stakeholders, are aware of the steps in your release management cycle. Any plan you create should be easy to understand and edit to accommodate any changing needs throughout the process. Additionally, creating a separate backup plan is also imperative to a successful release. This backup plan should be readily available to all members of your team, enabling them to take quick action in the event that something goes wrong. Having a well-defined backup plan also allows you to reduce the amount of downtime your clients face with a troubled update or a glitch in the system.

While each organization has different needs and challenges, we’ve found that these best practices are universal in terms of usefulness and necessity. If you follow these four tips you should be able to streamline your release management processes and have a more successful product at the end of the day. Additionally, most of these practices will also improve communication between your teams and stakeholders – leading to improved relationships between all interested parties.

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Sarah Van Wambeke
About the Author – Sarah Van Wambeke

Sarah is an avid writer and digital media enthusiast. Here at Indusa, she primarily focuses on content creation and social media management.