March 15, 2022
Create a checklist for production release
Before you release your product to customers or roll out a new feature, you must test everything first. This will ensure that your customers have the best experience and that no bugs are discovered after the release.
By following this checklist before each production release, you can prevent any costly mistakes and improve your reputation among your customers:
Validate Availability of all Features
Make sure that all features are available. Make sure that there are no bugs in any of the features. Make sure that all components are working as expected, including:
- Features added to your application
- The UI/UX design of each feature
- Any other functional areas of your application (such as security, performance, etc.)
Ensure all features are accessible to users and compatible with other applications installed on their devices.
Check all features' functionality and ensure they work as expected
With the checklist, you can ensure that all features' functionality has been tested.
This is especially important if your product includes new features or changes. It's a good idea to check whether these features work as expected, but it's also essential to verify that they work as designed. If a feature was designed to be used by one person at a time and you later decide that multiple people can use it simultaneously, you need to know whether this new way of using the feature changes its behaviour.
Verify accessibility of the release on all devices and platforms, such as web browsers, iOS, Android, Windows and macOS.
To ensure that your website and app are accessible on all devices and platforms, you'll need to test them on different browser versions and operating systems. If you have an iOS app, test it on an iPhone and iPad; if you have an Android app, test it on a phone or tablet running Android 5 or 6. You can find more information about how the mobile operating systems work at Apple's Developer site for iOS (https://developer.apple.com/iphone/) or Android's Developer site (https://developer.android.com/about/dashboards). You can also use our Device Lab to help with testing across devices that aren't your own—for example, try using one of our Macs to see how your websites look in Safari or Chrome instead of just using whatever computer you have at home.
Test compatibility with other applications and software.
Test compatibility with other applications and software. It's essential to ensure your software will work seamlessly with other software and devices. Ensure your app doesn't interfere with other apps, crash them or corrupt their data.
Ensure all content is grammatically correct and free from writing errors.
The first step in ensuring that your content is free from errors is to use a professional proofreading tool. Many options are available, such as Grammarly and Hemingway, but we recommend Grammarly because it includes an online editor for you to use on the go.
Grammarly automatically checks for spelling mistakes and typos in your text. In addition, it can also check your writing against thousands of rules in its database, including grammar and punctuation rules. If you are unsure whether or not something should be included in a sentence or paragraph, take advantage of their intuitive editing features, which include synonyms, hyperlinks (to Wikipedia), and explanations of what certain words mean if they aren't familiar with them already!
Check the responsiveness of the release on all devices with varying screen sizes.
This is a great way to ensure everything will work across different device types and browsers. To do this, you'll need various devices from multiple age ranges and manufacturers at your disposal. You may also want to include old laptops, desktops and operating systems to see how the app performs on older hardware.
You should also test on multiple browsers (the most popular ones being Chrome, Safari and Firefox). You should also check that your application runs smoothly in all major operating systems: iOS (iPhones), Android (phones) and macOS (Macs).
Ensure fixes are in place for discovered bugs.
Once you have tested for bugs discovered during testing, you should test for bugs reported by users. You should also test for bugs identified by developers, QA, the product manager, the CTO and even your CEO if s/he is available.
Test payment processes, including placing orders and using credit cards or other payment methods.
You may want to test the payment process from start to finish. Create order and see if it goes through, then check your bank account or credit card statement to ensure that the payment was accepted.
Test all methods of payment. If you have cash on hand in your business, verify that you can use this payment method for customers who are not comfortable with credit cards or other electronic payments. You should also confirm that you can pay by using one method when ordering products or services from third parties.
Evaluate how simple it is to use your software or application.
- Evaluate how simple it is to use your software or application.
- How easy is it to navigate through the application?
- Is the design clean and intuitive?
- Do any parts of the application seem confusing, hard to use or not intuitive?
Make sure you have a checklist before each release to ensure that nothing is missed.
Checklists help you do things that you've done before. They're especially useful for teams and tasks involving many steps, so everyone on the team is doing their part, and everything gets done in the correct order.
Checklists are also suitable for ensuring consistency across multiple people or departments, which is why they're often used in manufacturing processes and food preparation steps (like making sure every ingredient goes into your meal).
Checklists can't make up for the human error, but they do mitigate it by ensuring nothing is missed or overlooked during production release cycles—and that's why they're so important!
Remember, a release checklist's ultimate goal is to ensure that your team is prepared for a successful release. We hope this article has helped you understand which parts should be included in your checklists, and how best to tailor them for your particular needs.