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3 Immediate Wins from Enterprise Release Management

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With Enterprise Release Management (ERM) organizations can achieve real agility above the level of individual projects.  When management functions are informed by feeds updated continuously and when multiple departments agree upon consolidated dashboards of release progress organizations can start focusing on efficient execution and avoid interrupting productive resources just to measure progress.

Unlocking the Organization: Tackling Complexity

The more teams, departments, and projects involved in a release the more likely it is that your release processes are approaching a fundamental complexity limit. ERM is the only way to move past these organizational limits as it shifts the organizational and coordination challenges to tools that are automatically gathering data from systems that have been instrumented to provide updated snapshots of status and schedule.

As teams continue to drive toward continuous deployment the challenge of traditional project management approaches these limits of complexity.  While “bottom-up” agility results in dramatic project or department-wide improvements this approach doesn’t scale to the scope of an entire enterprise. ERM provides a model to bring low-level agility to the portfolio level.

Visibility: Reality-based Management for the Enterprise

With ERM IT portfolio managers and IT management have visibility into the progress of large-scale software projects. Without ERM the best an organization can do is guess at current status and risks.

ERM is an always-on management function – it is release management integrated into the way projects and departments collaborate.  It structures interactions and planning around a singular goal of delivering software.

Greater Alignment, Greater Agility: A New Way to Deliver Software

Enterprise Release Management is the way to coordinate and track what enterprises are already doing in a more focused manner.   An enterprise already has multiple release managers each focused on individual projects, but many lack an overall initiative to encourage more continuous alignment between projects.  The enterprise already maintains calendars of release dates and plans business-functions accordingly. What most businesses lack is a consolidated view, a single enterprise release calendar that can be used to mitigate risk.

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