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Continuous Delivery and DevOps: A Quickstart Guide by Paul Swartout

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Chapter 3. Plan of Attack

Throughout Chapter 2, No Pain, No Gain, you were introduced to the tools and techniques to identify the problems you may well have with your overall product delivery process. We referred to this as the elephant in the room as it is something that is not hard to spot, just very easy to ignore. The presumption here is that the problems identified are the common place issues related to most software delivery processes:

  • Waste in having too many handover and decision points in the process
  • Waste due to unnecessary wait time between steps
  • Many software changes are packaged up into large, complex big bang releases
  • Large and infrequent releases breed an environment for escaped defects and bugs
  • Releases are seen as something to dread ...

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