Anyway, In an ideal world there would be a release manager to handle this however, it can be the case that this role is palmed onto the Test team if there are insufficient resources in the development team. (or management don't see the need).
There are many positives and negatives about this but I would say that in the roles I have done this in the past I have seen it as an opportunity to increase quality by placing constraints on release candidates (such as test reports, unit testing results, Integration tests etc.
If however, you are being handed code and told to install into LIVE, it becomes a dangerous place to be. At the same time that you are responsible for the quality of the stuff you get assigned to test, you are also installing things you didn't. It is very very important to make this clear as widely as possible when you did NOT test the code.
IT's kinda weird you know .
The programmers are responsible for their code
but I'm responsible to take their code across to live .
Inluding database changes, UAT co-ordination
I've been testing for eight years now and I have one guy who is more experienced in another team . He reckons it is common.
However they have a Test Methodology ----- that is essentially an instruction book on how they migrate.
They hardly unit test, Don't have proper metric for errors and logs, don't have test plans .
They asked me to take the lead to change to a 'Best Practice' methodoloy .
Upon explaining a Methodology they were confused.....
Because the methodology they use is an instruction manual (not a methodology at all)
I'm finding it fascinating though...
Here a company with Testing in it's infancy and decision are made by Management who have no idea about Testing and have a very strong programmers bent.
Oh well at least they pay me well and I live 4 minutes away ...that's one benifit ... it can only improve.. [img]/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]
Yeah, I've done this before. At a previous job I was actually responsible for both the final code review AND the release of the code to production. You kinda get the feeling like you're a gate keeper or something, but if you're a control freak, you'll love it!