Choosing Continuous Delivery

Continuous Delivery (CD) is looking like it’s the new Agile. Teams hear about the wonderful things that happen with you implement CD and rush to get on-board. In reality CD is the same as any process, there are pros and cons to adopting the approach. Not every team could. or even should want to change their culture and process to allow CD to work. However if you have a team, including business people, who are willing to take the steps required then CD can have a huge impact on team morale.
Process change is hard. You are asking a group of people to change the way they do things. Not all of these people will agree that you’re moving to a better approach and so at least some resistance is normal. CD requires everyone on the team to trust each other. You need to work together to agree on a process that allows you to move fast and deploy code to production far more frequently that you are used to. You need to understand and agree on risk levels and technical changes. How will you test the builds and who gets to make the decision as to what gets deployed? Most important of all you need to agree on what will happen when things go wrong.
Despite the obvious difficulties of making these changes I still believe CD is a positive process change to make. Full team conversations around acceptable risk are always going to be a useful thing. Actually sitting down and defining a process which can then be completely managed by a tool such as Jenkins will make life easier for everyone. Most significant of all are the benefits of creating a culture where developers are trusted to release code as and when they need to.
If you would like to hear more about how Songkick moved to CD then join me for the EuroSTAR Webinar Wednesday 11th December 2pm GMT

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