With final approval from the project owner, the product is sent into
production and can be released to the end user. Any supplementary
educational material, including change notifications, operating guides, and necessary training resources will need to be released at
the same time. Be sure to tailor these resources not only to the end
user, but also to any company-side support teams that may need to field
user questions or assist in troubleshooting.
The deployment stage represents the culmination of the release
management process, but the process doesn’t end at launch. Teams will
need to follow up to access the release, identify any bottlenecks or
hurdles, and improve the process for future products.
Be aware that businesses of various sizes will likely follow a very
similar end-to-end process, with essentially the same steps. However,
smaller organizations with fewer projects may find that their version of
the release management process is much less complex when compared to
larger businesses. As a company scales its releases to match its growth,
and as teams and departments expand to include more people, release
management expands as well, requiring more advanced support tools.