Simple ways to improve Faster time to Market

Historically, projects have always been managed and implemented as follows. You are given a project with certain deadline. You dedicate certain time for actual development and remaining time for QA. However, the development runs a little longer than planned and deadline cant be pushed. So we cut down on the testing cycles or gets condensed. We compromise on the quality of the code and product by compromising the time allotted for QA. Ultimately the quality of the end product is compromised. You get the picture, right.
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I know some of you must be screaming Agile addresses all of these issues, yes it does to some extent. Typically when it comes to large projects, the sprints are broken down and cut short into smaller cycles instead of the testing cycle. 

Quality starts with careful pre-production load testing to avert preventable disruptions, delays and failures. It also means careful real-time, post-development monitoring of actual user experiences so that you can be aware of and respond to unexpected situations at the time they arise. This is the beginning of the continuous delivery process.

Clearly, this isn’t an easy problem to solve. To ensure fast performance under peak loads, you must commit to performance testing before, during and after site launch. In the world of agile development, few businesses can afford to feature freeze their environment for months. And even if you can efficiently code-freeze application elements, you’re still vulnerable to the integration challenges that come with third-party components – CDNs, shopping carts, payment systems, and more – that contribute to the user experience.

Using real-time analytics, a visual test creation environment, dynamic provisioning, and the ability to start, stop, pause, and restart tests, you will be able to achieve Continuous delivery and increase the time to market.

The actual release frequency varies greatly depending on the company’s legacy and goals. For example, one company may have improved its release cycle from once a year to once a quarter compared to another which does hundreds of releases an hour.

Exactly what gets released varies as well. In some organizations, QA and operations triage potential releases: many go directly to users, some go back to development, and a few simply are not deployed at all. Few companies like Flickr push everything that comes from developers out to users and rely on real time monitoring and rapid remediation to minimize the impact.