Tag: DevOps

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

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

The Biggest Reason Your Release Risk is Going Up, and What to do About it

Rising costs. Delays. Failed deployments. Outages. Your risk is increasing and you’re scrambling to figure out why. The trigger is a lack of visibility. And it is the single biggest reason your release risk is going up for dev, for ops, and for the business.

March 15th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

What is the difference between Release Management and Service Management?

Service management implies IT Service Management or ITSM while release management is a whole different set of roles and responsibilities and it is a term that is geared more toward a development-driven IT organization. Some organizations take an ITSM approach to release management, but many organizations are starting to decouple traditional ITSM from more agile […]

October 24th, 2016  |  Published in 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

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

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

The Secret to Success: Detailed Release Planning & Preparation

When your company conducts a high-risk migration to a new platform or when you are faced with a challenge to preserve uptime on a critical day, you plan for every possible contingency and you look at every single facet of your enterprise to identify the weakest link. You prepare. Release planning requires much of the same. Whether […]

March 1st, 2016  |  Published in Deployment Management, 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

How do I do DevOps at Scale? Challenges and Solutions

DevOps in a startup is defined by developer-driven automation. Instrument everything, establish a culture of automation, and enable your developers to deploy software to production frequently and you’ll be practicing DevOps. You’ll be using any number of accepted tools to achieve these goals from open source tools such as Puppet and Jenkins to public clouds […]

February 22nd, 2016  |  Published in 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

I Thought DevOps Integration was Supposed to be Easy?

We’ve said it on this blog before, and we’ll repeat the same message: Solving a software engineering problem is simple physics. It takes a set amount of energy to move a project from point A to point B, and changing the process or path doesn’t change the unavoidable fact that difficult software problems are difficult […]

February 16th, 2016  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management, Test Environment 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

What is Test Environment Churn?

Test Environment Churn and Test Environment Pollution are two things that happen when you have environment managers creating hundreds of environments to support hundreds of projects across several departments. In this post I’m going to focus on Test Environment Churn: what is it? And, what does it represent in the context of Test Environment Management. […]

January 4th, 2016  |  Published in 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

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

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

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

Even with Automation You Still Need a Deployment Runbook

When you read about DevOps in the technical press you come away with the idea that infrastructure automation has solved the problem of complex releases. These images of success are backed up by vendor assertions that businesses are no longer burdened by complex releases spanning multiple teams.  We’re done.  Just start using tools like Puppet […]

July 17th, 2015  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release Management

Connecting DevOps to the Business at DevOps Summit New York

This week we’re attending the Sys-con DevOps Summit in New York City.  It’s a great conference and energy behind DevOps is enormous. Thousands of attendees from every company you can imagine are focused on automation, the challenges of DevOps, and how to bring greater agility to software delivery.  But, even with the energy behind DevOps […]

June 12th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment 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

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

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

3 DevOps Considerations for the Enterprise

3 Things DevOps can Learn from the Enterprise Many of the well-known examples of DevOps success we read in blogs on the Internet paint an idyllic picture of DevOps productivity. A team was facing a stodgy, slow-moving operations department, teams weren’t delivering software on time. Those teams moved to DevOps, became proactive about infrastructure and […]

January 26th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

5 Surefire Ways to Make Your Enterprise DevOps Initiative Fail Miserably

5 Surefire Ways to Make Your Enterprise DevOps Initiative Fail Miserably 2014 was the year that DevOps arrived in large enterprises, and we’re seeing several large corporations moving to more agile software delivery and more frequent releases. We’ve helped many companies move toward DevOps practices using Plutora to provide necessary transparency to manage risk and […]

January 19th, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment 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

Test Environment Management – January Challenges

If you’ve ever watched a submarine movie like The Hunt for Red October, Crimson Tide, or U-571 you’ll notice that these scripts always include running a surprise drill soon after getting underway from port. When a submarine submerges after a long port call one of the first things a captain will do is run an […]

January 1st, 2015  |  Published in Test Environment Management

How to Support Agility through Enterprise Release Management

How to Support Agility through Enterprise Release 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 […]

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

Here’s a Project that Demands Real Release Management Governance

Release Risk and Release Management Governance Continuous integration, continuous deployment pipelines, automated configuration and deployment tools such as Puppet and Chef all of these systems contribute to an IT department that understands that agility in software releases means more automation and finding smarter ways to manage risk without introducing needless process. But, what if you […]

December 8th, 2014  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management

Enterprise DevOps Portfolio View

Enterprise DevOps Portfolio View Considers Risks When a CIO or a CTO thinks of the applications they support it is almost always in terms of a “portfolio”  When a research company named Gleanster poll executives about agile data management they discovered an interesting trend. Companies are reporting an increase in portfolio sizes with just over […]

November 5th, 2014  |  Published in Release 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

How Release Complexity Develops Over Time

Your organization starts with a simple mode – a single project will have two week “sprints”.  Every two weeks you are going to aim for a release to production. This model works well up to a certain scale.  Teams of 4-5 developers working alongside a 1-2 QA testers on a small project are able to […]

October 21st, 2014  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Drivers for DevOps for Enterprise Customers

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October 14th, 2014  |  Published in IT Governance, Release Management, Test Environment 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

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 […]

September 9th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management

Release Managers at a DevOps Divide

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 […]

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

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 […]

June 17th, 2014  |  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

Projects Fitting into Planned Release Cycles

Projects Fitting into Planned Release Cycles

Projects that are run outside of managed release cycle windows, tend to be more focused on getting deployed in production more so than minimizing impacts to other areas of the business. With businesses now having teams in multiple locations and time zones a change can now be more disruptive than ever, as a result of […]

October 16th, 2013  |  Published in Release 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

7 Benefits of Release Management

Release management is a software engineering process intended to oversee the development, testing and deployment of application releases. The practice of release management combines the business emphasis of project management with a detailed technical knowledge of the systems development lifecycle (SDLC) and IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) practices. Release management within your organization delivers 7 core […]

April 18th, 2013  |  Published in IT Governance, 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

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

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