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Angha Ramdohokar
Angha Ramdohokar

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Strategies for Managing Last-Minute Challenges During an App Release

It’s a feeling that is familiar to software developers: the last-minute rush to get an application released. Whether it’s a looming deadline or an unexpected bug, software developers have come to expect the unexpected when it comes to the release process.

Recently, me and my team tasked with getting a application out the door. We had to move quickly and efficiently to ensure the release was successful and as you all know the pressure was on.

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Lets talk about challenges that I have faced during application release.

Challenges during app release -

  • Managing user acceptance testing :

The UAT in our case happened during the final stages, and we encountered few issues from them. However, these were all missed requirements which needed to be developed after the UAT.

  • Loading data for marketing team :

During final stages of the release, we got a requirement in which we needed to load large amount of data on TEST so that marketing team can use it.

  • Addition of analytics tool to the application :

We also needed to add the various analytics tool code to our application so that we can track the traffic towards our application. But this as well is a last minute thing.

  • Access issues of production environment during deployment :

There are multiple permissions which are missing for our users so we need to wait till we got the permission.
Based on my experience, waiting for access during production release can be extremely stressful.

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These are few challenges that I have faced there can be more items too. But from my experience I made a list of strategies that helped me for successful release and I think it can help you guys too.

Strategies for successful release -

  • Establish a release timeline :

It’s important to have a timeline for the release, which should include milestones for testing, bug fixes, and other important activities.
This timeline should be shared with the entire team and regularly updated to ensure everyone is on the same page.

  • Prioritizing testing :

Testing is a crucial part of the release process and should be done thoroughly. Make sure to prioritize testing and ensure that all features are working correctly prior to release.

  • Have a contingency plan :

Unexpected problems can arise during a release, so it’s important to have a contingency plan in place. This plan should include how to handle issues such as data loss and unexpected downtime.

  • Monitor performance :

Monitor the performance of the app before it’s released. This can help to identify any issues that weren’t detected can help you to quickly resolve them.

  • Communicate with team :

Make sure to communicate with team, infrastructure people too during the release process. These people can help you to tackle any last minute access issues.

Following these strategies can help to ensure that your last-minute tasks in application release goes as smoothly as possible.

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On the day of the release, I was nervous and excited. I wanted to ensure that everything went smoothly and that no issues would arise and I was relieved when the application was released with no major issues.

All of this was stressful but it was one that I was glad I experienced.

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Last-minute tasks during release can be an exciting challenge, and they are a great way to test your skills as a software developer.

I’ve learned a lot from this experience and I’m sure I’ll be faced with similar situations in the future.
No matter how stressful the situation, now I'm confident that can handle it with the right plan and dedication and my next release will go much smoother.

Good luck !!

Top comments (2)

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Rutika Khaire

This is amazing. It took me back to the day when I had also faced similar issues. Great strategies to follow. Thanks for sharing.

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Angha Ramdohokar

Thank you.