In this chapter, we have stressed the importance of the Stabilizing Phase in shipping the product, as well as how to deploy the product after the Release Milestone is reached.
We discussed how to complete the Stabilizing Phase to ensure that the right product is shipped at the right time. It was suggested that this phase iterates four primary steps: fix the bugs, synchronize all product deliverables, ship the release, and extensively test the release. Each iteration is classified as an interim release. Each interim release will bring the team closer to attaining the phase's Release Milestone.
We discussed three stages of the deployment process: planning, testing, and deploying. Proper planning simplifies the deployment process and improves the impact of the application on the user community. As discussed extensively throughout this book, once a plan is created it should be incrementally tested. Finally, the implementation of the deployment plan moves the completed product from the hands of the customer to the systems of the user.