So your method is "LIVE" testing.
How large a change are you allowed/willing to do?
What do you do if you have to introduce a new process that the system presently does not have?

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-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Yeung
Sent: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:57 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: survey: frequency of in-house coded software enhancement promotions to production

Nathan replied to the list, and I don't mind sharing my responses, so I will do likewise.

On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM, Stone, Joel <Joel.Stone@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
How often does your shop promote in-house source code enhancements to

This question almost doesn't make sense in our shop. "Promote"? We work directly with production software all the time.

Ages ago (long, long before I started) the company bought software (that I guess we would call an ERP today), including source code.
That software got customized beyond all recognition and is now essentially our company's own custom ERP. We have three RPG programmers, and all of us just compile directly to production at our discretion.

1)      Frequency of promotions into Production of home-grown software
enhancements (not break/fix patches & not vendor upgrades) - ie daily,
weekly, monthly, or anytime.

Any time. (And the word "promotion" doesn't even really apply.)

2)      Do you agree with the frequency?

Yes. For our shop and our software, it would not be cost-effective (and perhaps just plain not effective) to have more layers, more bureaucracy, and more formal processes.

3)      What problems do you see with the frequency?

It does depend on the three of us knowing what we're doing, and communicating with each other. (So it's not resistant to incompetent or unprofessional team members. But all of us have been here more than 10 years, and we haven't added anyone new in that time.)

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