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What is Test Environment Conflict?

In an environment where infrastructure is shared across several development teams test environment conflict happens when more than one project needs to use test environment resources at the same time. It can also occur when competing release trains of the same project have overlapping test environment requirements. Test environment conflict is a common cause of […]

May 16th, 2016  |  Published in Test Environment Management

How to Measure Release-related Downtime

Software releases are the single biggest factor contributing to downtime across all industries. Almost without exception whenever you hear of a high-profile outage with a bank or an airline it is almost always related to a software release or a high-risk change being made to a system. While organizations can put quality checks and governance […]

May 2nd, 2016  |  Published in Release Management

How to Reduce Test Environment Conflict

Test environment conflict is when two projects or two releases require access to the same testing resources at the same time. For a Test Environment Manager this might mean that two projects need to test against the same database or deploy to the same environment at the same time, and for a release manager this […]

March 22nd, 2016  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment 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

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

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

enterprise release risk

Most Common Enterprise Release Risk: Last Minute QA Testing

It’s a “given” in software development – release schedules always slip. Requirements shift, developers underestimate timelines, and quality assurance (QA) finds unexpected defects. Another law of software development is that final release dates are often inflexible. If a market or a holiday shopping season defines your release date you understand how important it is to […]

April 21st, 2015  |  Published in Release Management, Test Case Management, Test Environment Management

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

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 […]

January 8th, 2015  |  Published in 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

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

5 Signs of a Dysfunctional Release Process

5 Signs of a Dysfunctional Release Process It’s easy to fall into a pattern of dysfunctional releases, release processes that are characterized by delay, inefficiency, and endless meetings that encourage people to view releases as a problem. These are the kinds of meetings that inspire references to the movie Office Space or emails that include clippings […]

September 17th, 2014  |  Published in Release Management

Plutora Aviods 4 Common Erorrs

Who’s on first, what’s on second? 4 comedy of error routines Plutora avoids

Abbott and Costello’s classic baseball routine celebrates 75 years this year. It’s simply timeless comedy that is still just as funny today. When talking with clients about their processes and pain points, referencing “who’s on first, what’s on second?” all too often gets a knowing smile from Release Managers and Test Environment Managers alike. So […]

December 9th, 2013  |  Published in Release Management, Test Environment Management

Application Impact Matrix for Release Management

Application Impact Matrix for Release Management

The Application Impact Matrix will show interested parties all applications (or systems) that have code changes and require progression and regression testing as well as the systems that just require regression testing in an Release. The Application Impact Matrix is normally broken down to individual projects within the Release train and clearly articulates where the […]

September 5th, 2013  |  Published in Deployment Management, Release 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