Continuous Delivery is an approach to software engineering that advocates short development cycles and frequent software releases that are uneventful, safe, and sustainable.
We achieve Continuous Delivery by creating automated pipelines where code is always in a deployable state, but there’s more to it.
What is Continuous Delivery?
The term ‘Continuous Delivery’ was first seen in the Agile Manifesto. The manifesto was produced in 2001 by an influential group of software development thought leaders who were looking to define a better way of developing software. The first agile principle is “Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.”
Continuous Delivery is about maximizing the time spent adding value to your product, while minimizing the delay from idea to delivery. This is done through automated pipelines, quality gates and technical excellence. The condensed result of the many aspects of continuous delivery is the automated pipeline, that allows you to quickly and safely take your code from commit to production.
Today, it is extremely hard to find a software team that doesn’t claim to do Agile, often through Scrum. However, while many tend to practice the rituals they forget about the why. Continuous Delivery is not a religion, it is a set of principles that guides the decisions you make in your organization about how you work with software.
Why should your organization practice Continuous Delivery?
Making software is never a one-person job. There are developers, testers, operations, security, sales, etc. Continuous Delivery is about fostering a DevOps culture of collaboration and providing the tools that put people first.
Having a strong culture of collaboration is what enables Continuous Delivery and DevOps. Continuous Delivery is a journey that we, as a unified organization, choose to embark on together.
Automation does not bring any value by itself. Automation just helps us amplify our work. It removes repetitive tasks from employees who become distracted and make mistakes.
Automation helps your team to move faster and safer without compromising on quality. Combined with the natural increase in traceability that automation yields, automation is an integral part of Continuous Delivery.
Releasing a piece of software is usually a very stressful event for the entire team, but that should not be the case. The practices in Continuous Delivery enable you to perform a release at any time. These practices also mean you’ll know exactly what you are releasing into production.
With Continuous Delivery a release is a human decision with an automated procedure behind it that makes the whole process a non-event.
There is no ‘one true way of working’. Continuous Delivery is about continuous improvement. By reflecting on our processes and tools, and by providing transparency and data, we can repeatedly adjust our course towards an ever-changing goal.
In this way Continuous Delivery is the ultimate incarnation of Agile Software Development.
Learning and improving as a primary goal allows you to maintain a competitive advantage while retaining and developing your skilled staff.
How do I get started with Continuous Delivery?
Praqma specializes in guiding its customers on the journey to Continuous Delivery. We’ll show you how to build on Agile principles to create Continuous Delivery pipelines that remove the pain and uncertainty of developing software. And you’ll discover how Continuous Delivery mitigates risk through transparency, automation and reproducibility.
Continuous Delivery also provides sustainable increases on key metrics like mean time to recover and idea to production. You’ll be able to see the value in every commit. Start your Continuous Delivery storyline today!
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