I might suggest a naming convention something like this, that helps
define the goal for the particular corral.
-Sandbox, where developers truly play. Nights, weekends, off hours,
personal development, off-the-wall solutions, whatever.
-Lab, where developers work out the solutions required for the enterprise.
-QA (quality assurance), where release candidates are placed for
testing, evaluation, and pre-production training.
-Promotion, a staging area for movement into Production.
-Production, which is where the money is made.
Notice that I did not use either "development" or "test." That is
intentional; I believe both those words have squishy definitions in
people's minds, and getting consistent decisions will be impossible
because of that.
I say this because in my experience, well-chosen naming conventions go a
long ways towards forming solutions and encouraging decisions that meet
the original intentions.
On 9/18/2012 1:57 PM, Stone, Joel wrote:
My company is considering separating dev from test.
For this survey: DEV is where programmers play; TEST is where business analysts and users try out new stuff, PROD is where the money is made.
Please respond only if NOT a software vendor - Im sure rules are much different when there are thousands of installs involved at a software vendor.
I would like to inquire how other iseries shops are handling this.
1) Is dev/test/prod on same LPAR?
2) Is dev/test/prod on same box?
3) How frequently are promotions from dev to test allowed?
a. No restrictions
4) Does separating DEV from TEST require more time & effort for a given development project?
5) What would be some reasons why this is a good idea (besides the auditors told us to)?
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