Planning, Building and Controlling Releases
System roadmaps a key to release planning, they represent a common long term goal for all teams within the enterprise and developing a roadmap is a highly collaborative process. A typical engagement brings together key contributors including business owners, product management, project managers and engineers to create the initial roadmap for a product. Most organizations re-baseline their roadmaps quarterly by re-assembling the team for updates and review.
Plutora supports the development of system roadmaps by providing a single system of record that contains all of planning information across multiple products for a multi-year, multi-phase programs and that also works in harmony with other applications.
Enterprise Release Planning
Enterprise releases consolidate and integrate the deliverables of multiple projects that have to be time-boxed or synchronized so they can be tested and released as a whole. Enterprise releases aims to supplement portfolio prioritization with greater design governance that serves to improve productivity and reduce change disruption by executing related features together. While traditional release management addresses fine-grained changes and provides technical support for the project, enterprise releases support portfolio management and brings a pragmatic architectural and execution perspective to the selection and planning to an enterprise release.
Plutora orchestrates the process for creating and communicating enterprise release schedules within the organization. This streamlined release process helps enterprises manage all aspects of the release including phase activities, capture of release notes, documentation and implementation plans. Plutora considers planning for release blackout periods, phases dates, stage gates and key milestones. Plutora also manages the dependencies between application release and enterprise release to ensure consistent phase exits and successful release.
Release building is the process of deciding which features to add to which releases. Prioritisation is a key element of release building, and the key inputs to prioritisation are the proposed features as well as the quantitative metrics assigned to these features.
Plutora also enables release managers, implementation managers and business analysts to allocate feature requests to defined releases. The contents of all releases is always clearly transparent to all stakeholders within the enterprise.
Release planning and building is rapidly followed by controlling the release through to implementation.
Plutora not only captures key planning dates associated with releases but also enables monitoring and control of release progress throughout the release lifecycle. Plutora tracks the status of releases, phase, activities, milestones and stage gates. All stakeholders have complete real-time transparency of their feature requests.