Definitions, overviews and introductions from numerous experts on release management - a process whereby software is taken from requirements, through development and testing, until deployment and delivery of finished software to users. 
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Main Paradigms in the Practice of Release Management

  • Agile Release Management – supporting faster, more frequent and typically smaller releases to respond faster to market needs. Agile release management is focused on process automation driven by Application Release Automation technology (either home-grown or package solutions) and cooperation between development and operations (DevOps) to streamline the software development process.
  • ITIL/ITSM Release Management – typically practiced by larger organizations. ITIL release management focuses on organizational processes and procedures that ensure software works as expected, meets its goals, and that problems and issues are remedied and prevented in an orderly manner. The underlying assumption of this paradigm is that most of the release management process is managed by people.

Definitions of Release Management

Gartner Magic Quadrant: Application Release Automation

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Release Management Overviews

 


Release Management in ITIL/ITSM - Overviews and Introductions



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  • Release Management Definitions and OverviewsDefinitions, overviews and introductions from numerous experts on release management - a process whereby software is taken from requirements, through development and testing, until deployment and delivery of finished software to users. 
  • Examples of Release Management ProcessDetailed examples from real organizations of the general release management process of specific open source and commercial software.
  • Release Management Best PracticesResources providing best practices and strategies for software release management, both for agile and ITIL/ITSM methodologies.
  • Software Release Cycle and the SDLCResources about the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) as it relates to the process of a software release, and tools that help manage the software release cycle.
  • Agile Release Management PracticesResources on how release management is practiced in agile organizations, specific technologies supporting agile release management, and training.
  • ITIL/ITSM Release Management PracticesResources explaining ITIL release management concepts, and how release management is practiced as part of the ITIL/ITSM framework.
  • Release Management Roles and ResponsibilitiesResources explaining the roles in a release management team, including job descriptions and sample resumes, and information about recruiting, interviewing and training release experts.

Gartner Magic Quadrant: Application Release Automation

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