The 1805 release will be in our Quality system in a little under 2 weeks, and I'm curious how other companies prepare and test for each release and the changes that come along with them:
- How do you identify changes that will effect your company based on the 600+ pages of release documentation (or another source)?
- Do you utilize the test automation tool?
- Do you ask your users to actively test in Quality? How synced up are your Quality and Production environments?
- How do you identify new functionality that may be useful to your teams?
1805 will be our third release since go live and we do use the test automation tool which has made testing our business processes easier and less time consuming. The things we struggle with are getting ahead of the changes that are coming and knowing what new functionalities may be useful to us. Our Quality environment is mostly in line with Production, but since our users are in it everyday it doesn't have the same amount of variants. We do have our users test specific issues we know are being fixed in the release in Q, but they don't have the time to do their existing jobs and fully test all of their day to day activities.