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You Can’t Have a True DevOps Culture Without Effective Release Management

While the DevOps movement and associated technologies have garnered much attention and fanfare, few have addressed the core issue—the handoff from development to operations. This blog post explains why Release Management is the bridge between development and operations, and how you can strengthen that bridge with the right approach, tools, teams, and processes.  The Chasm […]

June 26th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management


How to Weave Lean Thinking Into Your Release Management for Predictable Delivery

“The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value.” Lean Enterprise Institute What is Lean? Businesses are being driven up against the wall by continual industry disruption. Many are fighting back by adopting Lean as a means to support business transformation. The aim is simple: create more value for customers with fewer resources. Lean […]

April 12th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

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It’s Not About Agile Release Planning – it’s About Enterprise Release Agility

That’s not a fancy twist on a popular approach in IT. This post is about untangling the mess Agile Release Planning has become. We’re living in an age where we’re chasing the latest buzzwords and trends. We hardly slow down to look at the path we’ve covered to see if we’ve improved or not. It’s […]

April 10th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management

It’s Time to Tear Down Silos for Agile Release Management

To make sure we’re on the same page, let’s start by defining what we mean by a silo. “They are nothing more than barriers… between departments… causing people… to work against each other.”  Patrick Lencioni in Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars Thanks to the work of Lencioni we have a good framework for understanding the […]

March 21st, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management

How to Run Post-Release Reviews: Learning from a Release Event

A release is a highly orchestrated set of changes performed on a complex system, and, as with any change to a software system, it can introduce risks to availability and system stability. These risks are offset by the rewards of shipping updated software to customers, but you should view every release event as a trade-off […]

October 10th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

An Environment for Every Developer?

This trend is showing up in the enterprise and it’s starting to cause friction for TEM managers who might not yet appreciate what’s driving this transition. If you’ve run a report on environments and noticed that one or two teams has hundreds of QA environments this is a signal that you have a team that is trying to transition to cloud-based development.

July 15th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

How can I accelerate my DevOps initiative?

Everyone has a DevOps initiative – everyone. No matter what size our client or prospective customer the term “DevOps” comes into the conversation whenever we ask someone to describe current initiatives and challenges. Most are trying transform an existing organization to take advantage of DevOps practices such as continuous delivery and deployment automation. The challenge […]

July 13th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

Moving to a Continuous Delivery Model? Communication is Key

A pattern we’re noticing more and more is that technology departments are starting to get out in front of the business. All too often this creates an odd paradox: the business might be asking technology to slow down because it hasn’t adapted to a continuous delivery model. This is especially true in organizations that have […]

April 8th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

Transparency and Communication: The Keys to More Agile Software Releases

Two decades makes a huge difference for software developers. We’ve gone from months-long development cycles to lifecycles measured in weeks or days, with some on the “bleeding edge” executing highly agile software releases even more frequently than that. At Plutora, our management team has been at the forefront of this transformation for decades. We’ve moved the […]

March 28th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

A Look At the ROI: Is Enterprise Release Management Worth It?

“In many real-world case studies, Plutora has resulted in returns exceeding 600%. A typical return is around 400% depending on the depth of using the Platform. Factoring additional savings from Environment reclamation and reduction in capital spending on servers or Cloud Environments, ROI can balloon to over 1000%.” Even as software release demands exceed the capacity of […]

March 24th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

8 Proven Practices to Strengthen Your Enterprise Release Management Processes

Your IT team has adopted DevOps approaches to enable a faster and more reliable way to move initiatives between development teams and operations. However, you’re still witnessing inconsistent results despite a concerted effort to move towards continuous delivery. Why? Automating various steps of the application development process makes life easier for players in the various […]

March 17th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

Can Continuous Delivery Accommodate Legacy Software Systems?

The future of software releases is clear. Continuous delivery is here to stay. But does that mean that legacy software systems and infrastructure need to be altogether abandoned? If you polled the people busy redefining best practices today, they’d agree that in a decade we’re going to be effortlessly collaborating on highly complex systems that […]

February 24th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

What Does Continuous Delivery Management Mean?

Continuous Delivery is a trend that is taking the software industry by storm, and Continuous Delivery Management (CDM) is a new approach to release management that provides both transparency and a governance structure to manage continuous delivery across a large software enterprise. CDM is a developing focus area designed to apply the benefits of continuous […]

February 18th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

3 Steps to Efficient Enterprise DevOps

If you work for a large company, you’ll often look around and wonder if moving to a daily release cycle or automating deployments is even possible given the number of meetings and the amount of process your releases are subject to. Between the CAB meetings, the QA schedules, and the coordinated conference calls it’s tough […]

February 10th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

5 Reasons Modern Software is Never “Done”

The software industry is constantly changing. Whether we’re developing for new mobile platforms, adopting the latest languages, or upgrading our methodology there are few constants when it comes to modern software. As timelines for software delivery projects tend to be shorter, more continuous approaches, we’ve compiled a list of the five reasons that software projects […]

January 16th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

The Gold Master: Why Modern Software is Never Finished

Gone are the days of the “Golden Master”. In fact, programmers new to the industry may not even recognize the term. Let’s travel back in time, before cable modems and fast internet connections to when software was distributed on floppy disks or CD-ROMs. There was little or no opportunity to “update” software once you shipped it, and add-ons […]

January 10th, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

8 Ways to Improve your Enterprise Release Management Process

What is Enterprise Release Management? Whilst it is common to think of Release Management as the final promotion of a component into a production environment we take a far broader view of the release management process ranging from the strategy of establishing quarterly, monthly or fortnightly release windows, prioritising the contents of each release, understanding […]

December 11th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

4 Ways to Motivate the Laggards: Managing Slow Releases to Move Faster

If you work in a large enterprise you know what I’m talking about. Some teams move fast (maybe too fast) while other teams still operate as if they are in 1985. How do you get these teams to move faster? There’s such a wide range of capabilities in today’s enterprise it can often feel like […]

October 18th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Agile Accountability: Do your Governance Gates have a Padlock or a Warning Sign?

Most large software enterprises are facing a tough choice: on one hand you have the control and stability of traditional ITSM, and on the other you have the self-service freedom and agility of more modern approaches such as DevOps.   As organizations move toward self-service releases and more rapid iterations change management presents a problematic bottleneck […]

October 14th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Managing Mixed Releases in Bimodal IT with Plutora

Bimodal IT is a trend identified by Gartner that describes a common challenge for IT departments – how to support two modes of operation within the same IT department.   According to Gartner’s definition: “Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.” Bimodal IT […]

September 29th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Release Managers are the Heroes of Bimodal IT

Gartner has put a name on a common experience across all industries – IT departments often support two different approaches to IT.  One side is focused on agility and rapid time to market while the other is focused on stability and traditional service management.  With Bimodal IT you have one department operating in two modes: […]

September 20th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

ERM Brings It All Together: A Single Dashboard for Enterprise Release Status

Enterprise software development has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last decade as most companies have transitioned to more iterative, agile approaches to software delivery.  This overall acceleration of the software development effort has been focused squarely on more tactical practices related to software development.  From source control to scrums to deployment automation, most IT […]

September 3rd, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Move Faster, Get Better: ERM is Continuous Process Improvement

Across industries time to market for new software initiatives is decreasing over time and the frequency with which releases are transitioned from development to production is increasing. Put simply, every major company is turning into a software company and software is being delivered faster. This transformation is driven by the widespread adoption of agile methodologies […]

August 27th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

3 Immediate Wins from Enterprise Release Management

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: […]

August 20th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

4 Core Practices that Define Enterprise Release Management

Enterprise Release Management (ERM) is an emerging set of practices designed to support enterprise change initiatives and software delivery across multiple projects within large organizations. ERM is the management of the software delivery lifecycle across multiple projects and departments within a large organization – the orchestration of activities and resources across multiple, interdependent software releases and […]

August 6th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Our Best Guess: Release Management Failure

Last week wasn’t a good week for the stability of high-profile systems.  United airlines had a ground-stop due to an “automation failure”, the New York Stock Exchange suffered a problem that caused an interruption of trading, and the Wall Street Journal had issues with site availability.  United is blaming this week’s outage on a bad router, the […]

July 10th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Can we get another QA Environment… Tomorrow?

“Hey, can we get another QA environment?” That question can ruin an environment manager’s day. A large organization plans for capacity, purchases enough infrastructure to support as many environments as the organization needs at once, and even “on the cloud” resources have a price. Several teams asking for new environments “out-of-band” force environment managers to […]

June 5th, 2015  |  Published in Test Environment Management

DevOps Trust and Transparency with Plutora

When Forrester analysts Amy DeMartine and Kurt Bittner wrote “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective DevOps” the habit I focused on was habit number one: “Establish trust and transparency between Dev and Ops.” This is at the core of release management: DevOps Trust and Transparency – ensuring that both sides of this equation agree when […]

May 30th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Release Management at Scale Means Integration with Every Tool

How many issue trackers does your organization run?  How about change management systems?  If you are a large organization, the answer’s probably more than a handful due to the way business grows through mergers and acquisitions. When managing a release driven by projects using separate issue trackers most retreat to spreadsheets to create a common […]

May 16th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

How Agile Release Managers Skip Change Control

Do you think development teams really update those BMC Remedy tickets with all the changes contained in a release?  They don’t.  Most of them just “check the box” and move on.  They choose a Risk Level that won’t raise questions from the Change Control managers and they work around the checks and balances.  The alternative […]

May 11th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Using Plutora to Support the Scaled Agile Framework

Effective development teams understand incremental development and value lightweight process, and most developers working in 2015 deliver software in iterations punctuated by iteration planning meetings or Scrums. Gone are the days of waterfall development and projects that take months-and-months to deliver results. While most effective organizations have transitioned software development to some form of Agile […]

May 3rd, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

Reduce CAPEX for Testing Environments with Plutora

Almost every large enterprise faces a similar challenge: you’ve moved to cloud-based environments, now how do you achieve some level of elasticity? How do you squeeze more results out of the hardware resources you have? How do you reduce CAPEX for testing environments? Whether you are using a public cloud or a private cloud the ability to […]

April 25th, 2015  |  Published in Test Environment Management

Assessing Your Maturity: Plutora’s CMM for Release Management

The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) has become an essential tool for assessing IT initiatives.  Originally developed to assess the capabilities of government subcontractors in the 1990s, the CMM is now used by IT management to define best practices in a particular practice area.  From Application Development to Database Management every practice in the IT department […]

March 1st, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

DevOps Infographic – Enterprise vs Unicorns

DevOps Infographic – Enterprise Reality vs Unicorns

February 4th, 2015  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Plutora is the necessary “Air Traffic Control” for an increasingly Agile Enterprise.

I keep coming back to this analogy because it’s the most apt description of what Plutora provides for the Enterprise. We provide the software that you need to manage a busy release schedule.  Without Plutora you are forced to use manual methods to orchestrate releases and manage resources, and the analogy that connects with most […]

January 8th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

3 New Year Resolutions for Release Management

Happy New Year from Plutora! We’re looking forward to the new year as we continue to develop products aimed at taking the effort out of environment, release, and deployment management. To help you organize your approach to the New Year we wanted to take some time to propose a few New Year resolutions for Release […]

January 5th, 2015  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management, Test Environment Management

How to Support Agility through Enterprise Release Management

The challenge facing today’s project management professionals is supporting a more agile approach to software releases while managing orderly governance and production controls that are necessary.  Project managers have become air traffic controllers landing more projects more frequently on more runways, and as the skies become more crowded it’s important to understand both the trends […]

December 10th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Enterprise DevOps Governance Gates

Which side of the wall of confusion are your governance gates on? Whenever people discuss DevOps they always speak of a “Wall of Confusion” between development and operations, and while there is certainly a barrier to understanding it’s more than just a “wall.”  I see it more as a “canyon of distrust” or a “gulf […]

October 29th, 2014  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management

What is Enterprise DevOps?

DevOps was created to reduce many of these same conflicts and while DevOps has had several high-profile successes it still presents a challenge for larger organizations. Large enterprises managing mission critical systems still have separate silos for development and operations. In this post I discuss how DevOps fits into the enterprise and what release managers […]

September 10th, 2014  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment Management

Release Management vs Release Engineering

This blog post focuses on the difference between “Release Engineers” and “Release Managers,” and I’m writing it because I’ve talked to people who don’t see what separates the two roles. It’s an important distinction, and an organization’s view of the difference is an indicator of how mature its enterprise release process is. What Is Release […]

September 9th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management

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12 Essential Release Management Metrics

Previously on this blog we’ve talked about how release-reporting metrics is an art rather than a science, and we’ve also outlined some core release metrics our customers use to track progress. In this first follow-up post, I’ll provide more detail on three of the 10 key metrics previously discussed: • Total Release Downtime in Hours […]

September 3rd, 2014  |  Published in Release Management

Release Managers at a DevOps Divide

If you’ve been a release manager you’ll understand that you sit between two groups: An operations group tasked with accepting and supporting a software release. This group wants a predictable process, they view releases as incidents to be managed, and they answer to a business that wants predictability and accountability. One or more development groups […]

August 25th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Release Coordinator: A Day In The Life

A Release Coordinator typically is responsible for owning the planning and coordination of all phases and activities involved in the release of a system or system update into the production environment. Their role facilitates release meetings and develops the release recommendation and release deployment plan based on input from multiple stakeholders within various portfolio teams. They normally would […]

July 13th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

How to manage releases on a small project

Small projects are characterized by factors such as short duration; small team; budget size and balance between the time committed to delivering the project itself and the time committed to managing the project. Small-scale projects are by far the most common form. so the following outlines the common issues in a small project and essential […]

June 17th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management

Driving Culture Change in Release Management

Driving Culture Change in Release Management

The goal of any organization should be to have clearly defined release phases, where all parties are aware of the phase activities and key gates/milestones. The absence of purpose built collaboration tools has caused barriers in communication, information sharing and tracking of these activities across teams involved in the many moving parts of an enterprise […]

November 21st, 2013  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Why Enterprise Release Management is important to concurrent project delivery

Enterprise Release Management (ERM) is a structured process methodology for managing enterprise change and project driven transformation prior to implementation into a live environment. ERM’s importance to having problem free concurrent projects implemented cannot be underestimated. Management of Non-Production Environments, Management of Application/System Dependencies, Prioritization of Stakeholders Tasks, Understanding and Prioritizing Milestones, Controlling Release Gates […]

September 1st, 2013  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

IT Release Schedules

IT Release Schedules In organizations that have large IT departments, software releases at the enterprise and individual team levels are very common. It is important to have a logical sequence of releases, in order to make sure that the service being delivered doesn’t fail or get delayed. This article will explain what is release scheduling […]

May 28th, 2013  |  Published in Release Management

Plutora Release Manager

Release Manager

What is Release Manager? Release Manager is an all in one software tool that manages all aspects of the release management lifecycle. Release Manager enables teams at a portfolio and/or enterprise team level to enforce a repeatable release framework. With Release Manager users can architect, plan, coordinate and govern all aspects in the release management […]

May 4th, 2013  |  Published in Release Management

Release Manager: The Definitive Job Description

The Job Description of a Release Manager Performing a Release Manager job in a large company is not an easy role regardless if it’s a permanent or contract role on a agile project/program. Across all the IT job functions the Release Manager role is typically one of the most demanding, busiest and somewhat stressful. Typically […]

April 15th, 2013  |  Published in Release Management

Agile Release Management

So teams in your organisation have decided to embrace Agile development for some Projects and/or BAU development and things are going great guns, your deploying code changes and releases in prod every week. Over on the other side of the fence IT ops are screaming at the various portfolio dev teams for releasing highly risky […]

April 2nd, 2013  |  Published in Release Management

What is a Release Train?

What does Release Train mean? Over many client engagements we have came across a few companies who aren’t familiar with this term. While we recognise the term “release train” is not an official IT delivery term, it is a term often used and referenced in large enterprises who manage tightly integrated releases across complex interdependent systems. Our […]

February 27th, 2013  |  Published in Release Management

Release Management Pain Points and Essential Capabilities

Release Management Pain Points and Essential Capabilities Release and Deployment Management aims to plan, schedule and control the movement of releases to test and live environments. The primary goal of Release Management and Deployment Management is to ensure that the integrity of the live environment is protected and that the correct components are released. We […]

July 20th, 2012  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

The link between Project Management and Release Management

Project Management Project Management and Release Management are two related functions within organizations that work hand in hand to deliver changes to stakeholders. At a high level, Project Management is focused on the delivery of projects (which may or may not result in a release) within a defined scope, budget and timeframe. Project Management activities […]

May 23rd, 2012  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management