Have you ever thought that a part of your company’s success stands in the process of your software release?
Your product is important and defines the image of your business, but the process through which your product is born is also essential. It will determine the improvements that you will have to make and decisions regarding how to change your software in order to satisfy your users.
Here are the phases that present the software release lifecycle.
After your product reaches your audience, you can receive different types of complaints:
After you have analyzed your complaints, you need to decide on two aspects: how much time you need to fix the bugs and how much time you need to test your software before you release the next version.
Starting with the first aspect, you have two ways of solving the issues: you can establish a certain period of time in which you work on the bugs or you take as much time as needed in order to fix the issues. Each of these solutions have advantages and drawbacks. If you are dealing with complex bugs, you may need a longer period of time and your deadline may not help you, as it can pressure you just to finish. This can result in you releasing a software with unsolved issues which will not satisfy your customers. However, if you take too much time to fix the software issues, your customers can go to your competition.
The second aspect regarding the testing of the software presents one detail that you need to pay attention to. If you take too less time to test your product, many features may not be fully tested. This may lead to further issues which, again, will not please your customers.
The key to succeed in the process of working on the next version is to find a balance and work on an organized plan before starting to work on the new software release. Think or discuss with your team about the time needed to fix the issues and the time needed for testing. This varies from case to case. Also, you can look for people who have experience in dealing with new versions of software releases. Learn from your mistakes, but listen to what others have learned as well.
Remember that software releases are part of your success. Work on them hardly and pay attention to every detail. Finding a balance will certainly help you grow your business.