Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Last Shall be First - Continuous Delivery

One of the key lessons of agile processes is that the final step in your process - delivering software to your customers - is the first in importance. The best way to optimize the process is to work backwards compared to a traditional software lifecycle. When Dan Haywood and I laid out the outline of our "Better Software Faster" book, we decided to emphasis this by putting the chapter on build and deploy at the beginning - the first after the introduction. It's where agile teams should start in new projects or process transformations. Ensure that you can automatically build, deploy and deliver a tested change to your system, before you spend a great deal of time in building anything. If you don't do this you'll end up with a great deal of wasted effort further down the line, or worse still a waterfall process struggling to free itself from inappropriate practices and vaguely agile terminology!
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