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Best Day of the week to go live with a new product/version
Recently I had a conversation about the best day of the week to go live with a new version of an application.  In the context of my conversation we were talking about website, but I really don't think the type of application matters so much.

Day by Day breakdown of my opinion
  • Monday - I personally never like to go live the first day back to work from a weekend.  I like having Mondays to wrap stuff up, perform one last smoke test, etc.

  • Tuesday (My Winner) - I like Tuesdays for 2 reason.
  1. I was able to perform any last minute activities i needed on Monday
  2. If something goes wrong, you still have Wednesday to deploy.

  • Wednesday - My second favorite day, still allows for a few days of recovery if something goes wrong.

  • Thursday - In my book, this is the last possible day to go live during the week.  If something goes bad, then at least you still have Friday to fix it without screwing yourself out of a weekend.

  • Friday - The potential of screwing yourself out of a weekend is way, way to high

  • Saturday - Have you ever heard of Me Time or Family Time.

  • Sunday - Have you ever heard of Me Time or Family Time.  

As you can tell, I am all about releasing updates in a manor that will minimize the impact on my free/personal time.  Let me know what you think, I am egar to hear.

Posted 10-12-2006 12:39 PM by Derik Whittaker
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Brendan Tompkins wrote re: Best Day of the week to go live with a new product/version
on 10-13-2006 9:00 AM

Interesting post. I've always found that tuesdays are good for a lot of work. Mondays are for catching up from the weekend, like you say, and sometimes there are fires to put out.  Deploying a new app on a monday could cause some headaches..   Tuesdays are the best, agreed.

I've found from blog statistics that tuesdays are also the most active blog day.. If you really want a post to be noticed, post it on a tuesday.

Derik Whittaker wrote re: Best Day of the week to go live with a new product/version
on 10-13-2006 10:59 AM

Brendan,

I guess Tuesdays are just good days all together...

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