Continuous Delivery Explained

Rachel Laycock

Jez Humble defines Continuous Delivery as, “The ability to get changes of all types—including new features, configuration changes, bug fixes and experiments—into production, or into the hands of users, safely and quickly in a sustainable way.”

As the first post-agile methodology, the goal of continuous delivery is to have all deployments be so routine that you can do them at any time with no impact to your customers.

Sounds easy!

In fact, to do this, you need to automate and simplify all practices and process from requirements to deployment including, quality assurance and testing, continuous integration, configuration management, environments and deployment, data management, release management and organizational structure. In this session, we’ll introduce theses foundational practices of Continuous Delivery. We’ll delve into the details with practical suggestions on how you can get started and make progress in all foundational areas. Along the way, we’ll suggest some tools that could be used to assist your adoption. Lastly, we’ll discuss some of the challenges and roadblocks that you might encounter when you begin your Continuous Delivery journey.


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Rachael Laycock

Rachel is the Head of Technology for North America at ThoughtWorks and is based in New York. She has over 14 years of experience in software delivery, having worked on a wide range of technologies and the integration of many disparate systems. At ThoughtWorks, she has coached teams on Agile and Continuous Delivery technical practices. She contributes to and drives the regional technology strategy, and is a conduit between the technical teams on the ground and global technical leadership. Rachel is also a member of the Technical Advisory Board to the CTO, which regularly produces theThoughtWorks Technology Radar. She is fascinated by problem-solving and has discovered that people problems are often more difficult to solve than software ones.

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