Continuous Delivery with a Rapid Deployment Pipeline

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Continuous Delivery with a Rapid Deployment Pipeline

Yvette Francino: Hi, this is Yvette Francino from, here at Agile 2010 with Jez Humble from ThoughtWorks Studios who's written a book, "Continuous Delivery." Can you tell us about that Jez?

Jez Humble: Sure. So, "Continuous Delivery" is about the problem of getting software from ... [inaudible 00:14] live, which is a problem we see all the time in ThoughtWorks and most of the gigs that we go to is that. When we put Agile software delivery processes in place, the development team does a pretty good of actually getting software to the stage where features get done pretty quickly; but then often, especially medium and large organizations, once the software is completely ready, it then gets thrown over the wall to the development team, then straight to the testing team, and then, at that point, you often find that the software isn't fit for purpose. And then, once testing is done, it often gets thrown over the wall to the operations team to deploy, and at that point you find that software isn't fit for use. It doesn't meet the performance requirements, it's not sufficiently scalable, there are security problems, and even big architectural problems get found at the time of deployment frequently.

So, what we're trying to do with the book is talk about two key things which will help software delivery. One is first a collaboration between everyone involved in the delivery process and the second thing is better automation of the bills, tests, and deployment process, so that everyone involved in delivery can get feedback from the production readiness of their software all the way through the lifecycle and teams can produce production ready software from the beginning and keep software production ready all the way through the lifecycle.

Yvette Francino: Okay. Do the builds actually go into production when they're doing this or is it just to continue to keep it production ready?

Jez Humble: So, one of the practices you talk about in the book is continuous deployment, which is the practice of taking every build that passes the automated tests and you can have a manual QA gate as well. And every build that passes that process actually goes into production. That's certainly one possibility. It doesn't always make sense for everyone, but I think once you're doing things in the book that we talk about, it's very simple to turn a switch and use that process if you want to.

Yvette Francino: Okay. Thank you very much.

Jez Humble: It's a pleasure. Thank you.

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