Release management involves the overall update, review, and deployment planning of service packages. It is an intrinsic and indispensable process for an organization. Without release management, an organization risks losing significant market share. If your software release management process is too expensive or extensive, you need to think about smart ways to improve it.
Here are a few things the leading software development companies do to streamline their release management process.
Regularization of the release cycle
It is imperative for any software development company to have a complete understanding of their release management process. With that knowledge, they establish a regular release cycle. A number of factors including the cycles of non-functional testing and the length of each test will determine the frequency of the release cycles.
Establishing lightweight processes
The lightweight processes usually need minimum input and output, without the hassle of bureaucratic approvals. The accurate documentation of the testing and building help the teams understand which elements of the entire process requires improving and reviewing.
Development of a release infrastructure in advance
The release infrastructure puts the requirements of the software building and deployment in the forefront. It encompasses storage, hardware, bandwidth, software licenses, network connections, access permissions, and user profiles. It will help you unveil the hidden bottlenecks in your software development process or the missing skills before the service package goes into mass deployment.
Automation and standardization
Automation has become a part of every software review and development process. Standardization of the automation process will help you craft a deployment package. Enforcement of the standardized structure will enable the building of the software packages according to a consistent structure at every release point.
When we spoke to Vinod Jethwani, an entrepreneur, he said "the improvement of hardware, software and automation can take an organization only so far. You need to invest in the people – the team members, who commit to the development and deployment of the service packages. Without their commitment, sustainable success of a software release will remain a dream."