Release Management: Building the Bridge

In the last post from the release management team, we talked about the strategic topic of developing the philosophy of RM being a bridge, and not a barrier, to the deployment and support of applications into the production environment. One of the items listed as necessary to achieving that goal was having a solid understanding…

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Release Management: A Bridge, Not A Barrier

For too many organizations, release management is viewed as nothing more than a roadblock to deployment. Instead of returning value to project and operations teams by promoting the development of standards and documentation that drive improvements to releases and operational support, the tools and processes used by RM teams seem like mindless bureaucratic activities from…

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Sunset…Do You Know When Prune the Application Tree?

(This is the initial blog post from the MSCOM Operations and Portal Release Management team.)   When it comes to controlling costs, one of the best places to start is by managing your application portfolio.   Recently, the MSCOM Release Management team started looking at making improvements in Portfolio Management – not just the portfolio…

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MSCOM WebCast Morphed Into PodCast…A Great Idea From A TechEd2006 Customer

While the Microsoft.com Operations team was in Boston two weeks ago presenting at TechEd2006, a customer came up to chat with us. He had a great idea. He said, “I really liked the webcasts that MSCOM has done. I only wish that I could get the audio from those webcasts in a format that I…

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I Just Want To Get My Code Into Production…Operations Can Be Your Best Friend

Bugs? What bugs? My code doesn’t have any stinkin’ bugs!! Of course the testers may have a little different view than the developers. Hundred’s of developers furiously writing code and they all want to hit their release date. Operations also wants to make sure that the scheduled releases go off without a hitch, on time,…

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MSCOM WebCast Week…Q & A (Part 3) Change and Release Management Strategies with Microsoft.com Operations

Part 3 of the MSCOM’s WebCast Week dealt with Change and Release Management Strategies with Microsoft.com Operations. Wayne King went into an Introduction of MSCOM that included the enterprise scale and high availability architecture that MSCOM OPS is responsible for; the Operational Vision described our vision statement which is to…”Continually broaden our impact as an…

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Top 10 Topics for MSCOM Ops…Getting the Bits From Development to Production

That’s what this is about. There is great code that has traversed the SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle). Someone’s great idea was turned into a project that was assigned human resources with the ultimate marching orders of simply “Get’er Done”. Spec are written, costing models are completed, dev writes the code, test beats the heck…

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