When announcing Waypoint, Hashicorp defined the application lifecycle as having three main stages.
Build : convert application source code to an artifact
Deploy : push the built artifact to a platform
Release : make the artifact, on the platform, available to its public
This is a simplified, but useful view.
When managing Akamai configuration artifacts, you are:
Building JSON configuration from a template
Deploying JSON configuration to a new version of an Akamai object (property, cloudlet policy etc…)
Releasing to the staging network or the production network
Bossman is not opinionated about the build process. It concerns itself mainly with deployment and release of configuration artifacts that are built through some other mechanism.