Top 176 Release and deployment management Questions to Grow

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Find out what the related areas are that Release and deployment management connects with, associates with, correlates with or affects, and which require thought, deliberation, analysis, review and discussion. This unique checklist stands out in a sense that it is not per-se designed to give answers, but to engage the reader and lay out a Release and deployment management thinking-frame.

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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which Release and deployment management related domains to cover and 176 essential critical questions to check off in that domain.

The following domains are covered:

Release and deployment management, Release management, Agile software development, Application release automation, Build automation, Change management, Configuration management, Continuous delivery, Continuous integration, Continuous testing, DevOps, DevOps toolchain, Enterprise release management, IT portfolio management, Software, Software development process, Software engineering, Software release, Software testing, Test plan, Web application, WinOps:

Release and deployment management Critical Criteria:

Chat re Release and deployment management decisions and use obstacles to break out of ruts.

– Does Release and deployment management create potential expectations in other areas that need to be recognized and considered?

– What are our needs in relation to Release and deployment management skills, labor, equipment, and markets?

– Can we do Release and deployment management without complex (expensive) analysis?

Release management Critical Criteria:

Study Release management tasks and get answers.

– Information/context awareness: how can a developer/participant restore awareness in project activity after having been offline for a few hours, days, or weeks?

– For your Release and deployment management project, identify and describe the business environment. is there more than one layer to the business environment?

– The offeror will describe its service levels for fixes, help desk, etc.  will it reduce its fees if the service levels are not met?

– How much do political issues impact on the decision in open source projects and how does this ultimately impact on innovation?

– In some projects up to 85% of the changes are performed by a small core of developers, what space for innovation is left?

– Does it avoid poorly executed software handoffs between development, testing, and operations?

– What will happen to the software configuration of a customer, when she updates a certain component?

– Does it Improve the production readiness and quality of your application code?

– When should sunk cost be abandoned and new solutions sought ?

– How will the offeror provide support through the help desk?

– Do you have existing automation or deployment tools?

– What tools and techniques are use to support these activities?

– What are the development, release, and deployment activities?

– Better, and cheaper than software engineering?

– When should technology be recycled & re-used ?

– What can a cms do for an open source project?

– Why has no os tool emerged to meet this need?

– Every design decision is technical, or not?

– What is release management?

– How are changes managed?

Agile software development Critical Criteria:

Deduce Agile software development governance and pioneer acquisition of Agile software development systems.

– When you are identifying the potential technical strategy(s) you have several process factors that you should address. As with initial scoping how much detail you go into when documenting the architecture, the views that you create, and your approach to modeling are important considerations. Furthermore, will you be considering one or more candidate architectures and what is your overall delivery strategy?

– Can you afford to lock your business into a rigid long-term project where the cost of change grows exponentially?

– How do agile methods support the principles of Agile Manifesto when using in-house software development methods?

– How likely is the current Release and deployment management plan to come in on schedule or on budget?

– What tools and technologies are needed for a custom Release and deployment management project?

– Are there cultural or organizational issues that may affect the system development?

– To what level of detail will you capture the requirements, if at all?

– Will the broader project community be populated appropriately?

– How could principles be more precisely measured or valued?

– What will drive Release and deployment management change?

– Regulated Backward Compatibility and Version Numbering?

– How do you best coordinate Agile and non-Agile teams?

– Are there SaaS tools for allocating workers to tasks?

– So what do your developers do differently in agile?

– How could a more enhanced framework be developed?

– How Extreme Does Extreme Programming Have to Be?

– How do disciplined agile teams work at scale?

– Detaching: when does it break down?

– What is Scale and Why Manage It?

– When should we not use it?

Application release automation Critical Criteria:

Start Application release automation tasks and frame using storytelling to create more compelling Application release automation projects.

– What is the total cost related to deploying Release and deployment management, including any consulting or professional services?

– Have you identified your Release and deployment management key performance indicators?

Build automation Critical Criteria:

Prioritize Build automation engagements and shift your focus.

– What are the long-term Release and deployment management goals?

– How can we improve Release and deployment management?

– Are there Release and deployment management Models?

Change management Critical Criteria:

Adapt Change management risks and secure Change management creativity.

– In terms of change focus, leaders will examine the success of past strategic initiatives and the concrete Change Management that accompanied them. is the overall strategy sound?

– Business Change and Training Manager responsibilities include Planning, coordinating and implementing an Organizational Change Management Plan?

– Do you have resources, processes, and methodologies in place to provide training and organizational change management services?

– What role does communication play in the success or failure of a Release and deployment management project?

– Do you have formalized processes for organizational change management within your organization?

– What are the most important benefits of effective organizational change management?

– Do changes in business processes fall under the scope of Change Management?

– In what scenarios should change management systems be introduced?

– What change management practices does your organization employ?

– Are Organizational Change managements best practices (eg Kotter) applied?

– Who are the leaders in a Change Management process?

– What is the Change Management process?

– When to start Change Management?

– What is Change Management?

Configuration management Critical Criteria:

Powwow over Configuration management strategies and research ways can we become the Configuration management company that would put us out of business.

– Is an asset management process(es) in place to inventory and manage this new asset (investment) from a property management perspective, to provide Configuration Management support, and to monitor system performance?

– Are physical configuration assessments conducted to determine the degree of agreement between the current physical configuration and the configuration depicted in the facility documentation?

– Have the cis and the exact version or revision that constitutes a particular baseline (documents, source code, problem reports and change documents) been identified?

– Has the organization established a security Configuration Management program that is consistent with requirements, policy, and applicable guidelines?

– How do you keep the number of currently active codelines to a manageable set, and avoid growing the projects version tree too wide and too dense?

– A virtual local area network (vlan) is a physical grouping of network devices within a larger network. true or false?

– Can we answer questions like: Are all cis created as requested by the business users, with the proper attributes?

– Have test requirements, for acceptance and integration testing, and Configuration Management been developed?

– Has Configuration Management a say in how information is stored and accessed in other enterprise databases?

– When a Release and deployment management manager recognizes a problem, what options are available?

– Can we answer questions like: Are all identified requirements allocated to software components?

– What do you do when you find a build error in some other code that is related to your changes?

– What software, databases, servers, hardware, etc., are used by this service?

– Has change implementation been approved by appropriate authorities?

– What types of status accounting reports are to be generated?

– Where do we stand currently against the standards?

– What are configuration items, baselines, etc. ?

– Do design documents match inventory reports?

– Independent verification complete?

– Implemented as proposed?

Continuous delivery Critical Criteria:

Participate in Continuous delivery planning and explore and align the progress in Continuous delivery.

– A competitive edge, excellent. Focus on continuous delivery. Move on to continuous deployment because that is going to provide your business value. But look at your individual business. Look at your environment and say is that what gives us the competitive edge?

– Will new equipment/products be required to facilitate Release and deployment management delivery for example is new software needed?

– Does your organization run a Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) process?

– How do we Improve Release and deployment management service perception, and satisfaction?

– Does your organization hope to achieve continuous delivery?

– How to Secure Release and deployment management?

Continuous integration Critical Criteria:

Consider Continuous integration quality and separate what are the business goals Continuous integration is aiming to achieve.

– What is the source of the strategies for Release and deployment management strengthening and reform?

– How do we go about Securing Release and deployment management?

– Will we use Continuous Integration?

Continuous testing Critical Criteria:

Paraphrase Continuous testing risks and create a map for yourself.

– Which customers cant participate in our Release and deployment management domain because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions?

– What are the Essentials of Internal Release and deployment management Management?

– Is the scope of Release and deployment management defined?

DevOps Critical Criteria:

Chat re DevOps leadership and raise human resource and employment practices for DevOps.

– How long before we notify the affected users via our service blog and Twitter that we are working on a problem and what the expected next steps will be?

– If things go wrong, does this start a round of finger pointing, where everyone scrambles to show that it was someone elses fault?

– Approximately how many application upgrades and new features does your organization release for existing applications in a year?

– Which team/individual in your organization was the primary driver for introducing the DevOps approach to application delivery?

– Are inadequate approaches to data masking driving companies to compromise security?


– Look at your environment and say is that what gives us the competitive edge?

– For each area team, what is the average number of active bugs per engineer?

– Reason on Declarative vs. Imperative Models for Patterns-when to use what?

– What are the biggest obstacles in implementing DevOps in your organiztion?

– What are your organizations reasons for outsourcing DevOps services?

– What is the goal function, i.e., what is to be achieved?

– How many teams are responsible for DevOps initiatives?

– Testing and Delivery -where are customers today?



– Wait, DevOps does not apply to Big Data?

– How to architect for scalability?

– What will our results look like?

– Are we ready for a deeper dive?

DevOps toolchain Critical Criteria:

Chat re DevOps toolchain strategies and grade techniques for implementing DevOps toolchain controls.

– Are there any disadvantages to implementing Release and deployment management? There might be some that are less obvious?

– What potential environmental factors impact the Release and deployment management effort?

Enterprise release management Critical Criteria:

Distinguish Enterprise release management management and find answers.

– How do we Identify specific Release and deployment management investment and emerging trends?

– Who sets the Release and deployment management standards?

IT portfolio management Critical Criteria:

Give examples of IT portfolio management tasks and triple focus on important concepts of IT portfolio management relationship management.

– Do we aggressively reward and promote the people who have the biggest impact on creating excellent Release and deployment management services/products?

– Do the Release and deployment management decisions we make today help people and the planet tomorrow?

– What new services of functionality will be implemented next with Release and deployment management ?

Software Critical Criteria:

Nurse Software results and point out improvements in Software.

– The sprint backlog is the list of work the team must address during the next sprint. The list is derived by selecting stories/features from the top of the product backlog until the team feels they have enough work to fill the sprint. Is this done by the team asking, Can we also do this?

– Are the data and associated software produced and/or used in the project discoverable (and readily located), identifiable by means of a standard identification mechanism (e.g. digital object identifier)?

– Does your software provide roleand group-based security options that allow business users to securely create and publish their work?

– Does the company have equipment dependent on remote upgrades to firmware or software, or have plans to implement such systems?

– If mobile technologies are supported, how is the software optimized for use on smartphone, tables, and other mobile devices?

– Is your company licensed to move your third-party software used in the candidate application into the cloud?

– Does your bi software work well with both centralized and decentralized data architectures and vendors?

– How quickly will software updates and patches be issued after a problem is reported to the vendor?

– Is it important to have a very detailed specification and design before moving to implementation?

– Is Service Delivery (hardware/software/people) capable of supporting requirements?

– Was your software written by your organization or acquired from a third party?

– What documentation is provided with the software / system and in what format?

– Will the organizational culture support new values of the agile team?

– What technologies are available to support system development?

– What changes need to be made to agile development today?

– What does software development maturity really mean?

– Is your software easy for IT to manage and upgrade?

– What type of system is being developed?

– What software do we have and why do we have it?

Software development process Critical Criteria:

Disseminate Software development process failures and cater for concise Software development process education.

– Where does User Experience come from, what does it add to the software development process and what methods are available?

– How is the value delivered by Release and deployment management being measured?

Software engineering Critical Criteria:

Bootstrap Software engineering goals and research ways can we become the Software engineering company that would put us out of business.

– DevOps isnt really a product. Its not something you can buy. DevOps is fundamentally about culture and about the quality of your application. And by quality I mean the specific software engineering term of quality, of different quality attributes. What matters to you?

– Can we answer questions like: Was the software process followed and software engineering standards been properly applied?

– Is there a Release and deployment management Communication plan covering who needs to get what information when?

– In what ways are Release and deployment management vendors and us interacting to ensure safe and effective use?

– Is open source software development faster, better, and cheaper than software engineering?

– What is our Release and deployment management Strategy?

Software release Critical Criteria:

Graph Software release results and devote time assessing Software release and its risk.

– Does our organization need more Release and deployment management education?

– Are there recognized Release and deployment management problems?

– What threat is Release and deployment management addressing?

Software testing Critical Criteria:

Illustrate Software testing results and inform on and uncover unspoken needs and breakthrough Software testing results.

– What are your most important goals for the strategic Release and deployment management objectives?

– Is Release and deployment management Realistic, or are you setting yourself up for failure?

Test plan Critical Criteria:

Paraphrase Test plan engagements and reduce Test plan costs.

– Who will be responsible for making the decisions to include or exclude requested changes once Release and deployment management is underway?

– To what extent does management recognize Release and deployment management as a tool to increase the results?

– What is the purpose of Release and deployment management in relation to the mission?

– Can we answer questions like: Are the test plan and results available?

Web application Critical Criteria:

Study Web application quality and find out what it really means.

– I keep a record of names; surnames and emails of individuals in a web application. Do these data come under the competence of GDPR? And do both the operator of the web application and I need to treat them that way?

– How do your measurements capture actionable Release and deployment management information for use in exceeding your customers expectations and securing your customers engagement?

– Are my web application portfolios and databases ready to migrate to the Windows Azure platform?

– Who Is Responsible for Web Application Security in the Cloud?

– How do you approach building a large web application?

– How does IT exploit a Web Application?

WinOps Critical Criteria:

Have a session on WinOps visions and create WinOps explanations for all managers.

– How do we measure improved Release and deployment management service perception, and satisfaction?

– How to deal with Release and deployment management Changes?


This quick readiness checklist is a selected resource to help you move forward. Learn more about how to achieve comprehensive insights with the Release and deployment management Self Assessment:

Author: Gerard Blokdijk

CEO at The Art of Service |

Gerard is the CEO at The Art of Service. He has been providing information technology insights, talks, tools and products to organizations in a wide range of industries for over 25 years. Gerard is a widely recognized and respected information expert. Gerard founded The Art of Service consulting business in 2000. Gerard has authored numerous published books to date.

External links:

To address the criteria in this checklist, these selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information:

Release and deployment management External links:


ITIL Release and Deployment Management – BMC Software

Release management External links:

[PDF]Release Management – Boston University

Agent-based deployment in Release Management – …

NHSN Release Management | NHSN | CDC

Agile software development External links:

What is Agile Software Development? | Agile Alliance

What is Agile? Learn About Agile Software Development

RoleModel Software – Custom Agile Software Development

Application release automation External links:

Application Release Automation – CA Technologies

Application Release Automation (ARA) – Gartner IT Glossary

Application Release Automation | ARCAD Software

Change management External links:

10 Change Management Best Practices | The Fast Track

CDT Releases Organizational Change Management and …

Change management experts -Change Management …

Configuration management External links:

AWS OpsWorks – Configuration Management

Interactive Configuration Management and Procurement …

Configuration Management | IpX

Continuous delivery External links:

What You Need to Know About COBOL V6.1 Continuous Delivery

GoCD – Open Source Continuous Delivery and Automation …

Rainforest QA: Bring QA Into The Era of Continuous Delivery

Continuous integration External links:

Continuous integration in .NET (eBook, 2011) …

Continuous Integration – CI | CircleCI

Continuous testing External links:


Continuous testing of mobile and web apps – Experitest

Software Testing Tools for Continuous Testing | Tricentis

DevOps External links:

DevOps Incident Management & IT Alerting Platform – VictorOps

Addteq | DevOps Experts & Platinum Atlassian Solution …

DevOps toolchain External links:

Products | DevOps Toolchain | Inedo

Enterprise release management External links: Enterprise Release Management: Agile Delivery of a Strategic Change Portfolio (0884287800832): Louis J. Taborda: Books

COT – CIO-101 Enterprise Release Management Policy

IT portfolio management External links:

IT Portfolio Management Conference – 10times

Software development process External links:

What is Software Development Process? – Definition …

Software engineering External links:

Academy for Software Engineering / Homepage

Software Engineering Institute

Software release External links:

DataMan 5.7.0 SR2 Software Release – Support | Cognex

TaxAct 2017 Professional Tax Software Release Dates

Identifying Your Oracle Database Software Release

Software testing External links:

Software Testing Certification Information – ASTQB …

Software Testing & QA Services Company – Testlio

Software Testing, Monitoring, Developer Tools | SmartBear

Test plan External links:

[DOC]Test Plan (Unit and Integration) Template

[DOC]TEST PLAN – California Plan Template.doc

[PDF]PCCN Test Plan – AACN

Web application External links:

InspectAll: Web Application

ABIMM WEB Application –

Web Application

WinOps External links:

WinOps Conf (@WinOpsLDN) | Twitter


WinOps | The conference dedicated to DevOps in a Windows …

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