Develop. Launch. Party. What’s Next? - Planning Post-Launch Maintenance Programs


Your development was completed on time and on budget….
Your team totally nailed the launch….
The launch party was epic….

As the gleam of a successful launch wears off, it is important to ask yourself, “Now what?”

A launch is just one step in the lifecycle of a Drupal site. What comes after launch is just as important to long-term success for you and your business. Successfully implementing a long-term maintenance program will allow you to not only keep your site up-to-date, but also give you structure to meet your ongoing business goals.

From bug fixes to new features, including those items that slipped from the original scope, this presentation will give you new understanding in planning an efficient and easily executable maintenance program to keep stakeholders happy and customers engaged!

Topics covered will include:

  • Maintenance program structure
  • Issue grooming with the product owner and team
  • Prioritization
  • Deployments
  • Core and module updates
  • New features vs. addressing technical debt
  • Working and communicating with stakeholders
  • Reporting and metrics

Who will benefit from this session:

  • Product Owners
  • Project Managers
  • Deployment Managers
  • Technical Architects
  • Developers
  • Business decision makers
  • Big shops and small shops alike!

About the presenters:

Chris Gordon (digital program manager) and Kenny Carlile (technical architect) for Acquia’s Continuous Delivery team will provide insights and experience from their unique perspectives from working with high-profile customers and their mission-critical sites in this informative session.

Session Track

Business and Strategy

Experience Level


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