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Everyone in IT today is targeting being more adaptive to their users' needs and faster at getting solutions to those needs to market. We all want tighter release cycles, quality built in and confidence in our go-lives. But instead how often do we see go-lives requiring heroics or rollback? QAs and developers losing day after day wrestling with builds and environments? Collaboration issues between development and operations delaying releases and wasting ROI?
This briefing discussed build, release and environment management: a critical, though often underestimated, cornerstone of an effective delivery organization. How do you gain confidence that your production release will go smoothly? How can you remove waste and bottlenecks from developers and QA? What kinds of visibility and metrics can you derive into your development process? How do you bring development and operations closer together? What skills do people need to be effective in this space? (they might not be what you expect).
The briefing is of interest to IT executives, frustrated operations managers and passionate technologists alike.
Rolf Russell is Principal Consultant for Build & Release Management at ThoughtWorks. Over the years he has helped many IT organizations become nimble and proactive in meeting their customers' needs through pragmatic improvements to their build & release processes, structure and technologies. Rolf developed his passion for build & release the traditional way, through painful experience as poorly managed 'paths to production' endangered projects he was delivering. His experiences come through working with Fortune 1000 companies across an array of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, energy and media.
Andy Duncan is a Lead Consultant with ThoughtWorks, and works with clients to improve their Build and Release Management capabilities. His first real continuous integration experience was with ThoughtWorks several years ago, working on large projects in the UK and the USA. He then spent two years as Development Manager for a financial software product house, where he spent much of his time working on streamlining the build and release process. After another year consulting in Agile Development practices and Build & Release Management, he recently rejoined ThoughtWorks in the Calgary office.