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Continuous Delivery and DevOps – A Quickstart Guide - Second Edition by Paul Swartout

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Streaming

Let's compare your software-release process to a river (I did say it was a bit of a tangent):

  • At the very beginning, many small streams flowed downhill and converged into a river. This river flowed along, but the progress was impeded by a series of locks and a massive man-made dam.
  • The river then backed up and started to form a reservoir.
  • Every few months, the sluice gates were opened, and the water flowed freely, but this was normally a short-lived and frantic rush.
  • As you identified and started to remove the man-made obstacles, the flow started to become more even, but it was still hindered by some very large boulders further downstream.
  • You then set about systematically removing these boulders one by one, which again increased the flow; ...

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