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.