Release planning is the first stage of release and deployment management that sets the foundation for a set of changes, whether it be minor, major, or an emergency situation.
Effective release and deployment management that starts with a proper planning process allows the service provider to add value by:
- Delivering change at a quicker pace and at an optimum cost with minimum risks involved.
- Giving assurance to the customers and users that they can make use of the changed service in a way that can support their business goals.
Establishing a thorough, standardized planning process also ensures better communication with change management and other personnel who are affected by various IT service changes.
The main aim of a release and deployment plan is to clearly illustrate a set of guidelines regarding what should be included in a release and how it will be deployed into production.
This checklist enables you to do just that, walking you through:
- Summarizing the release
- Conducting a risk analysis
- Identifying the target audience
- Defining a chain of approval
- Defining the strategy for deployment
- Determining a time schedule
- Gaining approval from change management
This is how to get your upcoming release off to a great start.
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