Software Release Life Cycle - Phase 4: Release Plan Refinement


Quick Summary
Recommended deliverables for Release Plan Refinement phase of a Software Release Life Cycle.


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What this is

This document covers Phase 4 of the Software Release Life Cycle. It includes a one-to-two page description of recommended deliverables for this phase

The Release Plan Refinement phase focuses on the post-development testing efforts and is composed of preliminary or draft-level test plan documents.


Why it's useful

These documents are prepared early to give insight and visibility into release testing efforts, such as software integration, system testing, internal testing and external testing. This allows the support and test staffs to start their preparation, negotiate resource conflicts, resolve missing equipment or software issues, etc. It also gives them the opportunity to come up to speed on the understanding the software product/system to be released, so that they can efficiently prepare accurate test suites later.

This early test planning also gives the managers involved in the release (SW Release Project Manager, department managers, marketing, Engineering, Operations, etc.) a better understanding of the work effort involved to integrate and produce multiple products and projects and get them to the customers.


How to use it

Review the phase deliverables suggested in this document. Adjust for your particular organization, project type, or company.

Perform the activities described in the documentation for this phase. See Checklist on the next page for documents included in this phase. NOTE: See the Software Release Life Cycle Team Member Glossary if you have questions about the roles listed as Driver and Contributor for a deliverable.

The challenge during this phase is to influence people to submit early test planning info from the individual project teams, to help define release-level unit, system, integration, alpha and beta testing expectations.


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