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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

Enterprise Release Management Resolutions for 2016

Happy 2016. To help you think about the Environment Management year ahead, we’ve assembled a collection of resolutions for you to try out. Resolution #1 – I will plan ahead for environment requirements. Many environment managers operate in a reactive mode. They make some wildly inaccurate forecasts about future demand and they sit on excess […]

January 4th, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management, Test Environment 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

Plutora’s Real Benefit: Fewer Meetings

Release managers understand what it means to have a triple-booked Outlook calendar.  They have calendars subject to rapid last-minute changes as project timelines slip and environments issues cause a series of fire-drill emergencies to be solved right now. Most release managers spend all day, every day in a series of meetings trying to glean the […]

June 9th, 2015  |  Published in Release 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

VPs to Release Managers: “Do We Have a Plan?”

This post could have also been titled “Questions Release Managers should be Prepared to Answer.”  Imagine you report to a VP who is asking you questions about how prepared you are for releases and how you are addressing a set of emerging issues. Everyone who has participated in release management understands that software change is […]

May 26th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management

5 key elements of an effective release management process

An Effective Release Management Process: 5 Key Elements

Whilst onsite to roll out Plutora within a government client recently, we had the opportunity to sit through one of their release management meetings. The meeting was well attended, so well attended that some even volunteered to sit on the floor. When we entered the room, we heard someone ask “did you bring your helmet?” […]

November 26th, 2013  |  Published in IT Governance, 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

Deployment Management Weekend – Implementation Manager’s dream or nightmare

Release Deployment Management can be simplified Stating the obvious every project has one thing guaranteed in common, the need to be scheduled and coordinated to be deployed into a production state. Just think about it, if they don’t have this commonality it would normally mean the project has been a disaster and failed or had the […]

June 14th, 2013  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Plutora breaks down the Wall of Confusion

In most organizations a wall of confusion exists between business stakeholders and IT teams as well as between different IT teams and IT vendors. The wall of confusion arises from the multiple fragmented processes and tools that exist between various teams within organizations. These fragmented processes and tools, often in the form of proprietary spreadsheets, […]

September 8th, 2012  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management