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Software Release Manager: Highly Meticulous Job

May 30, 2013 - All, Line Management, Middle Management Roles, Technical Management
This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Tech Company Casestudy

The project OVES is expected to have significant code base. It may run into 2 million lines of source code. The code developed fresh for OVES would be a fraction of this. However lot of reuse was expected from existing products. Video Editor and Tools have existed for several years.

The software versions were well controlled in clearcase. Now the organization is thinking about moving to SVN which is free of license cost, but has less functionality.

Overall, managing the release of software has become very complex. The program manager has started screaming again, to allocate a Release Manager.

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This time, the top management decides that a senior member tool group be assigned as release manager. This way, they could stay within project budget. Tools being the most complex stuff from release management point of view, it would address most of the risks.

Any thoughts on the job of release manager? What should be the experience level ? The challenges faced as release manager? How is this role as long term career ?

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