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How to Skip an XL Release Phase after it has already started

Sometimes during a release process it is necessary to skip a phase.  During a normal flow in XL Release the next phase starts at the end of the previous phase.  If you have started the next phase the below procedure will help you to skip the phase once the release phase has actually started.

I will use a simple release based on the release template below:

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Next we need to start the release as follows:

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Once we get to the release phase we want to skip, we need to abort the phase.  Instead of just resuming the release after we abort the phase, we will tell XL Release that we will resume the release later.  This is the tricky part.  Click on the “Restart Phase” button.

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Click on the “Continue” button, then click on the “Resume later” button.

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Delete the new Phase.

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Since we didn’t actually restart the phase we aborted we can now delete this phase and continue our release.  Finally resume the release.

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As expected we still have an audit trail of what we did during the release so we know that our “Phase to Abort” was part of our template, but we decided to abort this phase during the release.


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