Things I (Don’t) Like About Continuous Delivery – LondonCD meetup June 2017

This is part 4 of a 4-part series of articles based on discussions at the LondonCD meetup group on 12 June 2017. The other posts are linked at the end of this article.

Our 4th Open Space discussion challenged people to identify the things that they don’t like about the Continuous Delivery book: things that don’t work in practice, things that are plain wrong, etc. – a slightly cheeky session!

tl;dr: Jez Humble and Dave Farley – authors of Continuous Delivery – did not get anything wrong in their book but they “did not say enough” about the culture/people aspect of Continuous Delivery. People and culture are tricky – who knew?! 🙂

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Difficulties and Solutions for Continuous Delivery with Databases – LondonCD meetup June 2017

This is part 2 of a 4-part series of articles based on discussions at the LondonCD meetup group on 12 June 2017. The other posts are linked at the end of this article.

Continuous Delivery for web applications is (in 2017) largely a solved problem but where data and databases are concerned, Continuous Delivery becomes more difficult (I have written quite a bit about Continuous Delivery and Databases on the Redgate Simple Talk website – worth a read if you’re interested). In the meetup, we explored some of these challenges and some solutions to Continuous Delivery for databases. (Thanks to Alex Yates of DLM Consultants for his expertise in facilitating the discussion!)

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Continuous Security in Continuous Delivery – LondonCD meetup June 2017

This is part 1 of a 4-part series of articles based on discussions at the LondonCD meetup group on 12 June 2017. The other posts are linked at the end of this article.

How do we continuously address security concerns with modern software development? That was one of the questions we discussed and tried to answer at LondonCD meetup group on 12 June 2017. “The yearly PEN test is dead!”, said one person, meaning that reliance on an infrequent, specialist test to address all security problems is simply not good enough any more.

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Notes on ‘team responsibilities in cloud-native operations’ (Pete Mounce)

Summary:  Pete Mounce (@petemounce) from Just Eat gave a compelling talk at the London Continuous Delivery meetup group on ‘team responsibilities in cloud-native operations’. I found the talk hugely engaging, with loads of detail applicable to many organisations. Here are my notes from the meetup.

I captured my notes as slides:

Update: the video of Pete’s talk is here on Vimeo:

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There were several specific points made by Pete that were interesting for me:

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Experience Reports Book on Continuous Delivery and DevOps – ‘Build Quality In’

Cover Image - Build Quality InContinuous Delivery and DevOps are difficult. In many organisations the creation of an automated deployment pipeline is impeded by significant technology challenges, and encouraging Development and Operations teams to work together can seem impossible.

In order to help teams adopt and sustain Continuous Delivery and DevOps, Steve Smith and I decided to put together a book of experience reports – Build Quality In – with contributions from fellow practitioners in these fields.

We have a growing list of really excellent contributors, and we are using LeanPub and its ‘lean’ publication model to make available the content as soon as each chapter is ready – no ‘big bang’ releases! The book is available to buy now on LeanPub, and updates will be made throughout the summer of 2014, with all chapters expected to be ‘done’ by September 2014.

70% of royalties from the book will be donated to the UK non-profit organisation Code Club, which inspires kids to learn how to use computers to build software systems. We wanted to support an organisation that is active in engaging and shaping future engineers (both female and male), and Code Club is doing a great job.

We’re excited to be working with so many talented people on this book, which we hope will become a useful resource for people working in a Continuous Delivery or DevOps context.



Three Org Changes to Encourage DevOps

[#encouragedevops] In the talks and break-out sessions at DevOpsDays London, in conversations at London Continuous Delivery meetup group, in numerous blog posts and articles talking about introducing a DevOps culture (e.g., and based on my own experience of organisations I have worked within, it is clear there are three key practical steps which an organisation can take in order to encourage a DevOps culture of collaborative, cross-functional, product-focused working which leads to more effective delivery of software-based services.

(I’ll be blogging about each one of these steps over the next few weeks with the tag #encouragedevops)

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London Continuous Delivery meetup with Opscode Chef

The London Continuous Delivery meetup group had its first session of 2013 on 17 Jan. We were fortunate to be able to use the offices of [my employer] in central London, and doubly fortunate to be joined by Andy Hawkins from Opscode, who ran what turned out to be a brave demo showing how Chef can work with CI tools to provision EC2 instances.

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