Build-and-release managers oversee the implementation of software from the development stage through its release, as well as provide support, planning, and coordination for their company's departments which work to develop and release software.
These managers may work closely with software developers, producers, system administrators, and project managers, and may also serve as liaisons between the departments involved in software development. They must also ensure that all budgets and time constraints are met at all times, so strong managerial and teamwork skills are essential for the position.
After software is released, build-and-release managers may have further duties to ensure that the software is functioning properly, such as troubleshooting or developing upgrades. Those in this position must develop standard build-and-release practices and coding systems for their companies (or specific departments within them), but should also be able to adapt to new situations, as each project will be unique.
Prior work experience with code management and build-and-release systems and a bachelor’s degree or higher in a computer science-related field are generally required for this position.
Build and Release Manager Tasks
Assess and improve upon current systems, methods, and processes.
Test software throughout developmental process and authorize its release.
Coordinate and manage all activities pertaining to upcoming software releases.
Offer tech support to development team and IT managers.