Release Management’s Traffic Overview Explained

I wanted to write another post to help clear up some functionality in Release Management (for Visual Studio 2013). Many teams that I have opened up Release Management (RM) to see the traffic overview page and wondered how that data is actually calculated. What are App/Traffic/Fail metrics to be watching and why is this important. The pro-tip here is that if you hover over these numbers in the tool, you can see a better description.

Each of your Release Paths (pipelines) are listed down this page. Each of your stages is shown for each pipeline. You can get a sense of how many steps are required for an application to reach its ultimate destination (in this case “prod-client”), which is the right-most stage for any given pipeline.

Under each stage, you have:

  • App – which are the number of apps that have been released to that stage (all time). Note, you can have multiple applications going through a shared release path. If you have two applications that follow the same approval chain and environments, have them share Release Paths.
  • Traffic – Number of releases in the last 5 days to have been released to that stage (or have failed to get to that stage, but attempted)
  • Fail – Number of failed releases in the last 5 days to have been released to that stage.

You should probably see higher numbers on the left than you do assuming you’re like most development shops.

So what can you do on this screen?

If you double click on any of the stages, you’ll get more details about the apps that have been transitioned through that Release Path. It will show you the all-time traffic through each of those stages (more than the last 5 days).

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3 thoughts on “Release Management’s Traffic Overview Explained

    • I can’t disagree there. I think the VS RM solution is getting better in 2015, and you’ll see more “enterprise” there.